AP English III H Literary Terms Dictionary

AP English III H Literary Terms Dictionary - AP English III...

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Analogy - Analogy - the relationship of similarity between two or more entities or a partial similarity on which a comparison is based. An example is the classic analogy between the heart and a pump. In argumentation and persuasion, analogy is often used as a form of reasoning in which one thing is compared to or contrasted with another in certain respects, based on the known similarity or dissimilarity in other respects. Analogy is often used to paint vivid word pictures. Anecdote - A very short tale told by a character in a literary work / A little story, often amusing, inserted in an essay or a speech to help reinforce the thesis. Aphorism - A brief statement which expresses an observation on life, usually intended as a wise observation. Benjamin Franklin's "Poor Richard's Almanac" contains numerous examples, one of which is Drive thy business; let it not drive thee. which means that one should not allow the demands of business to take control of one's moral or worldly commitments. Assertion - a statement that is debatable, as opposed to fact. Sometimes it is explicitly stated while sometimes it is implicit . Bandwagon argument - The bandwagon fallacy is committed by arguments that appeal to the growing popularity of an idea as a reason for accepting it as true. They take the mere fact that an idea suddenly attracting adherents as a reason for us to join in with the trend and become adherents of the idea ourselves. Banter - Good-humored, playful conversation. To speak in a playful or teasing way. To exchange mildly teasing remarks. Colloquial diction/language - Refers to a type of informal diction that reflects casual, conversational language and often includes slang expressions. Condescension - voluntary descent from one's rank or dignity in relations with an inferior; patronizing attitude or behavior Connotation - the emotional associations that surround a word that go beyond its narrow, literal meaning. Example: the words "solo" and "alone" both mean to be by oneself. However, "solo" connotes independence and choice where "alone" connotes loneliness and isolation Contempt - The feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn. The state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace. Open disrespect or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law or legislative body. Dangling participle - a participle or participial phrase, often found at the beginning of a sentence, that appears from its position to modify an element of the sentence other than the one it was intended to modify, as plunging in Plunging hundreds of feet into the gorge, we saw Yosemite Falls. Definition - the act of defining or making definite, distinct, or clear. the formal statement of the meaning or significance of a word, phrase, etc.
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Corne during the Spring '11 term at Benedict.

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AP English III H Literary Terms Dictionary - AP English III...

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