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Literary Terms - English 118W Fall 2008 Prof Hearn...

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English 118W Fall 2008 Prof. Hearn Essay #2 (Close Reading): Selected Literary Terms 1 You might find some of the following terms useful in describing what you want to call your readers’ attention to in your close reading. The point of this list is not to make you feel you need to trot out a series of fancy English-major words to produce a good argument but to enable you to give a name to what you want to talk about. Allusion: a brief (sometimes indirect) reference to a person, place, or thing—fictitious or actual; a literary shorthand that depends on a shared body of knowledge between reader and writer Alliteration: the repetition of two or more consonant sounds in a line of verse or prose; may be used at the beginning of words (initial) or in the middle (hidden or internal) Assonance: the repetition of two or more vowel sounds in successive words, creating a kind of rhyme; may be used at the beginning of words (initial) or in the middle (hidden or internal) Ambiguity:
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