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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    By contemporary standards, we have a certain notion of comedy that involves a work that is funny and lighthearted. While there is certainly a connection, the classical notion of comedy is a genre...

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  • Literature
    "Life is a roller coaster" is a metaphor, which is a way of equating one person, place, or thing, or idea with another person, place, or thing, or idea to show that some attribute or attributes of...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Appreciation means to recognize and/or enjoy the good qualities of someone or something. Poetry appreciation is that attitude about poetry. Some people flat out enjoy reading poetry. There...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    There are two definitions that answer your question. The term abridgment refers to a book or other piece that has been condensed to a shorter form. The main ideas of the story are contained in an...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Prose is any kind of writing without a metrical structure. Poetry, in contrast, includes meter, rhyme, and rhythm, so none of these elements are related to prose. Prose solely relies on sentences...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    There are hundreds of different "literary devices" or techniques employed by writers of imaginative literature to enhance the effects of their work. The term literary devices usually is applied to...

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    Literary terms (or literary devices) are found in everything from poems to novels. There are many different literary terms, but a few of the most important ones include: Theme: the central idea or...

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  • The Lottery
    I need to disagree with the basic premise of your question because I believe you are confusing metaphors and symbols. Let's talk about both, so you are able to use literary terms with precision...

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    This is a great question! Literary analysis requires that you have the ability to make meaning of what you read, that you are able to look at the big picture in your reading and simultaneously be...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    The first step in summarizing the main conflict in a book is identifying it. While not all books have a central conflict, most drama and fiction have plot arcs that begin with a conflict and end...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Alliteration is the repetition of initial consonant sounds at the beginning of words. It is a sound device authors use to add pep to their work. You probably will recognize it best if I describe...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Diction can be defined as an author's word choice. It is "literary craftsmanship." Diction can be used in many ways—to set the mood, provide characterization, support a theme, or snag the...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Denotation is the dictionary definition of a word. It should not be confused with its opposite, connotation. Denotation is the basic, literal meaning of the word. Connotation is a word with...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Some of these phrases are difficult to recognize in that they are taken out of context. "Loving you was nice" may be an example of understatement or meiosis. Meiosis, or understatement is......

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    This question is somewhat puzzling as there is actually no such thing as a non-fiction novel. A novel is defined as a long work of imaginative literature written in prose. Thus all novels are...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Foreshadowing in a technique commonly used in literature, both in poetry and fiction, to give hints of how a literary work will turn out, often giving the work a sense of inevitability. Anything...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Irony is a literary technique in which words, characters, or plot development are used to create the exact opposite of what would be expected in terms of literal meaning or intention (Random House...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    In literature, a symbol is something that represents something else. A symbol is a person, a place, an activity or an object that stands for something beyond itself. The item that seems to be a...

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    In the study of literature, some readers may be puzzled over the difference betweenmood and tone. The mood of a literary piece is how the author makes the reader feel. In a literary work, the...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    A simile and a metaphor are both literary devices used to compare one thing to another or to transfer the sense or aspect of one thing onto another. The major difference is the fact that a simile...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    The word comes from music and it is characterized by the recurrence of a short musical phrase. Of German origin: from leit- "leading"+motiv "motive". Adopted in literature, it also refers to a...

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  • Invisible Man
    (Hopefully, the Vintage Books edition is the one that you have.) In Chapter 13 after his symbolic "rebirth" from the electric shock that temporarily cleansed him of memory, the narrator purchases a...

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    Since experience comes to people predominantly through the senses, the use of imagery in literary works is essential because it is "the representation through language of sense experience."...

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  • Reference
    Her expectations included a quiet room, a nice view, and she didn't want to pay a lot. This sentence is somewhat parallel. The initial Subject-Verb phrase sets up what could be a X, Y, and Z to...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    You're correct in the deduction you made in the penultimate paragraph of your reply to the first answer: pars-pro-toto defines a part used to describe the whole, and synecdoche "can refer both to...

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  • Poetry
    Understanding the terminology in any given field is important, and it is essential in poetry because terminology can impact meaning. The terms you have listed are all important to know when...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    A sonnet consists of a 14 line poem which follows a very precise pattern and usually in iambic pentameter: 3 four line units called a quatrain and then the end which is a rhymed couplet or two...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    A juxtaposition is a literary device used to develop contrasts and comparisons. Specifically, juxtaposition is defined as when we place "side by side" any "two or more ideas, places, characters and...

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  • Monster
    Walter Dean Myers includes numerous different types of figurative language in his novel Monster. First, Myers includes imagery in the novel. Imagery is the use of descriptive language which...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Tone helps develop theme because it demonstrates where the author’s focus lies and the author’s attitude, which reinforces the themes the author is trying to develop. Tone is the author’s...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    The author here makes use of a lot of imagery, similes, and metaphores to create a vivid picture of a large feline crossing the road. Let's break it down line by line, and see what the author...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    You already have a nice response but, since you made a request of me, I'll carry the discussion a little further. Let's start by defining terms. expectation: the act or state of looking forward or...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    A metaphor is a rhetorical device in which the author compares two typically unlike things. This comparison is based upon analogies or direct comparisons. Take the following example: "my life is a...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Other examples of the various figures of speech are as follows:Synechdoche: This figure of speech describes either naming a part of something to represent the whole of it, or the reverse. Examples...

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  • Grammar
    The "voice" of a sentence (or clause) determines the relationship between subject and predicate. The term “active” refers to the “voice” of a sentence, and denotes that the subject of the...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    The difference lies not in its seriousness but in its length and structure. A symbol can be any thing – an image, a word picture, a reference to a parallel of any kind – it simply “stands...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    An allusion is a reference made to an idea, person, condition, or event which one believes the reader or viewer will understand. At times, the allusion made fails to be understood by the...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    I have never heard of a technical climax or dramatic climax. Curious, I needed to look it up. While questions similar to this one have been asked on the Internet, the only references to "technical"...

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  • Poetry
    In this context, “critical” means paying attention to the elements of construction – rhyme scheme, meter, stanza arrangement, imagery, etc. – that give the poem its balance, beauty, and...

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  • Herman Melville
    While personification and metaphor are possibilities in terms of interpreting this line from Herman Melville's 1891 poem "Art," an examination of the lines which precede it indicate that this line...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    A modern example of romantic lyricism is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby in which there is a sense of the artist's presence in many a passage. Specifically, in some passages there is "a...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Interesting question. The term you might be looking for is zoomorphism, which, according to one of its definitions, is "the tendency of viewing human behaviour in terms of the behaviour of animals,...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    There are two approaches to take in defining "wit." One approach is to define it as it used today. The typical current definition of "wit" is: wit: intellectually amusing language that surprises...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    The technical definition of "structural irony" (according to Hamilton's Essential Literary Terms) is "an implication of alternate or reversed meaning that pervades a work. A major technique for...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    The term is “comparative literature”, the study of literatures not confined to one language or country. Comparative literature research usually treats movements or historical periods wider...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Denotation is the objective definition of a word, usually as found in a dictionary. Connotation is the subjective meaning that people attach to a word, which can be different from the formal...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    There are quite a few literary devices found within the excerpt taken from William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Within the five lines in question, one can identify personification, alliteration, and...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    These literary terms are subsets of the broader dramatic genres “tragedy” and “comedy”, an Aristotelian division. Satire and farce are two kinds of comedy, as are “romantic comedy,”...

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  • Arts
    I disagree with the above answer. Although there is some room for speculation, "neat and tidy" involves the arrangement of things and "spick and span" involves the condition of things. When I...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    The term "prose" simply means anything other than poetry, so nearly every book or short story you have read is written in prose. (A few notable exceptions would be Seamus Heaney's translation of...

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