You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go.
-Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lit. Terms #6 Remix

Simile: a figure of speech comparing two essentially unlike things through the use of a specific
word of comparison.

Soliloquy: an extended speech, usually in a drama, delivered by a character alone on stage.

Spiritual: a folk song, usually on a religious theme.

Speaker:  a narrator, the one speaking.

Stereotype: cliché; a simplified, standardized conception with a special meaning and appeal for
members of a group; a formula story.

Stream of Consciousness: the style of writing that attempts to imitate the natural flow of a character's thoughts, feelings, reflections, memories, and mental images, as the
character experiences them

Structure: the planned framework of a literary selection; its apparent organization.

Style: the manner of putting thoughts into words; a characteristic way of writing or speaking.

Subordination: the couching of less important ideas in less important structures of language.

Surrealism: a style in literature and painting that stresses the subconscious or the irrational aspects of man's existence characterized by the juxtaposition of the bizarre and the banal.

Suspension of Disbelief:  suspend disbelief in order to enjoy something.

Symbol: something which stands for something else, yet has a meaning of its own.

Synesthesia:  the use of one sense to convey the experience of another sense.

Synecdoche:   another form of name changing, in which a part stands for the whole.

Syntax:  the arrangement and grammatical relations of words in a sentence.

Theme: main idea of the story; its message(s).

Thesis: a proposition for consideration, especially one to be discussed and proved or disproved; the main idea

Tone: the devices used to create the mood and atmosphere of a literary work; the author's perceived point of view.

Tongue in Cheek: a type of humor in which the speaker feigns seriousness; also called
"dry" or "dead pan"

Tragedy: in literature: any composition with a somber theme carried to a disastrous conclusion; a fatal event; protagonist usually is heroic but tragically (fatally) flawed

Understatement: opposite of hyperbole; saying less than you mean for emphasis.

Vernacular: everyday speech

Voice:  The textual features, such as diction and sentence structures, that convey a writer's or speaker's pesona.

Zeitgeist: the feeling of a particular era in history

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