Guide to Literary Terms

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What are literary terms? Dear students and teachers, I am one confused freshman trying to get my head in school and to stay focused, but i can not do that if i do not know what literary terms are....

What are literary terms?

Dear students and teachers,

I am one confused freshman trying to get my head in school and to stay focused, but i can not do that if i do not know what literary terms are. Please if you could leave a definitioin or 2 clearly explaining what literary terms are. Thank you

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There are many literary terms, but the thing to remember is that basically they are used to describe literature.  For example, I use the word "plot" to describe a story, and I use the word "simile" to describe a comparison using "like" or "as" to compare two unlike things.  A good idea is to get and print out a list, such as the one used here.

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The most important thing for freshman to understand about literary terms are that this special language isn't like a foreign language. Literary terms are tools meant to help us talk about literature. They are all about holding a conversation, a skill which all freshman already have, and though literary terms are somewhat specialized they are not necessarily difficult concepts.

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Any time people are studying something, it's important to have a common vocabulary with which to speak.  Doctors and nurses, for example, use medical vocabulary as a kind of shorthand--and it's effective because they all know the terminology.  Knowing and understanding...

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