English Literature Key Terms

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Some key terms for English Lit/Lang exams. By no means complete.

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Question Answer
ALLEGORY EXTENDED METAPHOR
ALLITERATION REPETITION OF SOUND
ALLUSION REFERS TO OTHER TEXT/AUTHOR
ANTITHESIS TWO OPPOSITE IDEAS
ASIDE TO THE AUDIENCE
ASSONANCE REPETITION OF VOWEL SOUNDS
BLANK VERSE UNRHYMED, PRIMARY METRE OF RENAISSANCE DRAMA
CAESURA BREAK IN METRE
CHORUS WHEN CHARACTERS COMMENT ON THE GOINGS-ON TO THE AUDIENCE I.E. ANTONIO AND DELIO, DUCHESS OF MALFI
CONTEXT CIRCUMSTANCES/IDEAS/MOTIVATION
COUPLET PAIR OF RHYMED LINES
DENOUEMENT THE CONCLUSION OF A PLAY
DUMB-SHOW WITHOUT WORDS, CARDINAL WHEN HE BANISHES DUCHESS TO ANCONA
EPIPHANY SUDDEN REALISATION OF TRUTH
EXPOSITION OPENING OF A PLAY, WHEN PLAYERS ARE INTRODUCED
FLANEUR/EUSE TRAVELLER, WITNESS TO THE GOINGS-ON
FREE INDIRECT SPEECH THIRD PARTY NARRATION WHEN WE WITNESS WHAT A CHARACTER DOES, BUT ALSO THEIR INNER THOUGHTS
FREE VERSE POETIC STYLE - UNRHYMED, NO DETECTABLE METRE.
GENRE CATEGORY
HYBRID 2 OR MORE GENRES, WUTHERING HEIGHTS: GOTHIC / REALIST
HYPERBOLE EXAGERATION FOR COMIC EFFECT
IMAGERY PICTURES CREATED IN THE READER'S MIND, EVOKING THEIR IMAGINATION
INTERTEXTUALITY RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER TEXTS, IN TERMS OF COMMON IDEAS/INFLUENCES
IRONY SOMETHING IS IMPLIED, NOT EXPLICITLY WRITTEN. DRAMATIC IRONY - WHEN THE AUDIENCE KNOWS SOMETHING THE CHARACTER(S) DO NOT.
LEITMOTIF RECURRENT THEME / PHRASE
LEXICON VOCABULARY OF WRITER
LITERARY CANON IMPORTANT TEXTS...
METAPHOR LINKS 2 DISSIMILAR THINGS
METONYM METAPHOR: HOLLYWOOD FOR US FILM INDUSTRY
METRE PACE, RHYTHM
NOVELLA LONGER THAN SHORT STORY, SHORTER THAN NOVEL
PARODY MOCKING
PASTICHE PAYS TRIBUTE, DOES NOT MOCK
PASTORAL COUNTRYSIDE
PERSONA THE VOICE ADOPTED BY THE AUTHOR TO TELL THE STORY
PUN PLAY ON WORDS
PERSONIFICATION HUMAN ATTRIBUTES TO INANIMATE OBJECTS / ANIMALS
PLOT EXPLORES THE CAUSE & EFFECT RELATIONSHIP, WHY THINGS HAPPEN - MORE THAN THE STORY
REGISTER LANGUAGE IN ITS CONTEXT
RHETORIC SPEECH USED TO PERSUADE
RHYME SOUND-PATTERNING
ROMANCE MODE OF WRITING, ENGAGES WITH THE READERS' DESIRES AND IMAGINATIONS
SATIRE PIECE OF WORK DESIGNED TO MOCK
SIMILE LIKE, AS
SOLILOQUY LONG SPEECH TO AUDIENCE TO ARTICULATE THOUGHTS / EMOTIONS
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SYNTAX SENTENCE STRUCTURE