Monday, January 28, 2013

Lit Terms 6-30

6. Analysis: Detailed examination of the elements or structure of something, typically as a basis for discussion or interpretation.

7. Anaphora: The repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses.

8. Anecdote: A short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person.

9. Antagonist:A person who actively opposes or is hostile to someone or something; an adversary

10. Antithesis: contrary ideas expressed in a balanced sentence. It is the juxtaposition of two words, phrases, clauses, or sentences contrasted or opposed in meaning in such a way as to give emphasis to their contrasting ideas and give the effect of balance. This is a device often used in rhetoric.

11. Aphorism: A pithy observation that contains a general truth.

12. Apologia: A formal written defense of one's opinions or conduct.

13. Apostrophe: An exclamatory passage in a speech or poem addressed to a person (typically one who is dead or absent)

14. Argument:
A reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong.

15. Assumption: A thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof: "they made certain assumptions about the market".

16. Audience: The assembled spectators or listeners at a public event, such as a play, movie, concert, etc.

17. Characterization: The means by which an author reveals their character

18. Chiasmus: A verbal pattern in which the second half of an expression is balanced against the first but with the parts reversed

19. Circumlocution: The use of many words where fewer would do, esp. in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive.

20. Classicism: The following of ancient Greek or Roman principles and style in art and literature

21. Cliche: a phrase or situation overused within society.

22. Climax:The most intense, exciting, or important point of something; a culmination or apex.

23. Colloquialism: Slang words or informal way of speech

24. Comedy: A movie, play, or broadcast program intended to make an audience laugh.

25. Conflict: Struggle or problem in a story causing tension

26. Connotation: An idea or feeling that a word invokes for a person in addition to its literal or primary meaning

27. Contrast: where one item is thrown at another to prove clarity .

28. Denotation: Plain dictionary definition

29. Denouement:The final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are resolved.

30. Dialect: language or certain people distinguishing them from others.

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