English Lit Terms

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Acronym A word formed from initial letters in phrase, e.g. AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Adjective A word to modify a noun or pronoun, usually a descriptive meaning, e.g. shiny or scary
Adverbs Words that modify verbs, clauses, sentences and adjectives, e.g. quickly and fortunately
Allegory Used as literary devices or rhetorical, that convey hidden meanings through symbolic figures, actions and imagery which create a moral, spiritual or political meaning
Alliteration The use of repeated consonants in neighbouring words, e.g. wonderful wilderness
Auditory Imagery Makes the reader have a sense of imagery through noise, music or other sounds
Clause Is a word construction containing a nominative and predicate, e.g. a subject doing verb
Cliche A word or phrase that once had originality but has now become exhausted through overuse, e.g. it felt like someone has stepped over my grave
Colloquialism Is the use of informal words, phrases or slang in writing, e.g. y'all or go nuts
Connotation An indirect implication or suggestion from a word, beyond literal meaning
Denotation The direct or explicit meaning of word or string of words
Dialogue The speech between two or more characters in any type of text
Didactic Writing that aims to instruct, or even preach, moral message
End-stop The line ending in full pause such as full stop or semicolon, highlight a rhyme or point
Enjambment A line in poetry which does not end punctuation or a pause
Intertextuality Referring to a other text
Juxtaposition Two or more ideas that contrast against each other
Metaphor A comparison between two things not usually compared, e.g. The ladder of success
Narrator The voice that speaks or tells a story
Noun - Concrete, Abstract or Proper Concrete - a object that you can touch. Abstract - Feelings or something you can touch Proper - names of places and people
Oxymoron The use of contradiction in a manner that oddly makes sense on a a deeper level, e.g. without laws we can have no freedom
Pathetic Fallacy A device that gets human emotions across with weather or nature
Personification When abstractions animals, ideas and objects are given human traits
Pronoun A linguistic term for a word which substitutes for a noun such as 'you' or 'she' or 'it'
Simile A comparison of two things not usually paired and made by using the adverbs like or as
Sibilance Alliteration with 's' the snake slithered soundlessly
Verb A verb 'does' the subject action in a sentence, e.g. ate or walked
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