lit terms - Allegory -A story or visual image with a second...

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its literal or visible meaning. Alliteration-The repetition of the same sounds—usually initial consonants of words or of stressed syllables—in any sequence of neighbouring words: ‘Landscape‐lover, lord of language’ Assonance -The repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds in the stressed syllables (and sometimes in the following unstressed syllables) of neighbouring words; it is distinct from rhyme in that the consonants differ although the vowels or diphthongs match: sweet dreams, hit or miss. Allusion-An indirect or passing reference to some event, person, place, or artistic work, the nature and relevance of which is not explained by the writer but relies on the reader's familiarity with what is thus mentioned Intertextuality-the various relationships that a given text may have with other texts Apostrophe-A rhetorical figure in which the speaker addresses a dead or absent person, or an abstraction or inanimate object. In classical rhetoric , the term could also denote a speaker's turning to address a particular member or section of the audience Bildungsroman -A kind of novel that follows the development of the hero or heroine from childhood or adolescence into adulthood, through a troubled quest for identity Caesura-A pause in a line of verse, often coinciding with a break between clauses or sentences. It is usually placed in the middle of the line (‘medial caesura’), but may appear near the beginning (‘initial’) or towards the end (‘terminal’). In scansion , a caesura is normally indicated by the symbol . If it follows a stressed syllable, it is known as a ‘masculine’ caesura, while if it follows an unstressed syllable, it is ‘feminine’. Characterization-The representation of persons in narrative and dramatic works. This may include direct methods like the attribution of qualities in description or commentary, and indirect (or ‘dramatic’) methods inviting readers to infer qualities from characters' actions, speech, or appearance Representation-Something which stands for or denotes another symbolically; an image, a symbol, a sign. Comedy -A play (or other literary composition) written chiefly to amuse its audience by appealing to a sense of superiority over the characters depicted. A comedy will normally be closer to the representation of everyday life than a tragedy , and will explore common human failings rather than tragedy's disastrous crimes. Its ending will usually be happy for the leading characters. Couplet-A pair of rhyming verse lines, usually of the same length
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2011 for the course ENGLISH engb05 taught by Professor Minerva during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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