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
Literary terms, though there are many as has been stated, are
the words by which students and scholars of literature identify the
techniques that a writer has used in crafting a literary work.
For instance, if I write a poem with the line "Sybil's syllables
sounded silly," you would choose the literary term "alliteration"
to describe the technique I used in constructing the line.
Alliteration means the reptition of the same sound in words close
to each other as in "Sybil's syllables sounded silly."
Literary terms are not anything the author writes but rather the
language that analysts of literature use so that we can discuss in
depth and with mutual intelligibility the words the author did
write. Literary terms let us describe and debate what authors have
constructed (an epic or a lyric?) and how they have constructed it
(blank verse? stream of consciousness?) and the parts that are in
it (conflict or climax?).