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Glossary of Literary terminology

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Mono vs. poly syllabic
One syllable vs. many/multi
Euphonious vs. cacophonous
Pleasant sounding vs. harsh sounding
Denotative vs. connotative
Exact meaning of a work vs. suggested/emotional meaning
Literal vs. figurative
Accurate without embellishment vs. comparison that creates a pictoral effect
Active vs. passive
States action vs. states being
Objective vs. subjunctive
Impersonal, unemotional vs. personal, emotional
Concrete vs. abstract
Specific, tangible (practical details and facts) vs. conceptual, philosophical
Hyperbole (overstatement) vs. understatement
Deliberate exaggeration of facts; used to impress vs. deliberate misrepresentation by using less
Pedestrian vs. pedantic
Layman’s terms vs. boorish, inflated language, attempting to display importance
Vulgarity
Language deficient in taste, unrefined, profane, base
Slang
Vernacul speech, numerous exaggerated, shortened for appeal
Colloquial/dialect
Regional, provincial
Jargon
Specific to a field or profession
Assonance
Repetition of same vowel sound
Informal(standard/conversational/neutral)
Correct with a conversational tone
Formal (literate/high)
Appropriate for formal occasions and often more abstract
Consonance
Repetition of consonant sounds
Alliteration
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
Onomatopoeia
Work is sound

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