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English set list 1-5

Terms

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didactic
writing whose purpose is to instruct and or to teach.
exposition
background information presented in a literary work
invective
a verbally abusive attack
connective tissue
those elements that help create coherence in a written piece
allegory
a work that functions on a symbolic level
balance
a situation in which all parts of the presentation are equal
metaphor
a direct comparison between dissimilar things
image
verbal approximation of a sensory impression, concept, or emotion.
euphemism
a more acceptable and usually more pleasant way of saying something that might be inappropriate or uncomfortable.
conflict
a clash between opposing forces in a literary work.
epigraph
the use of a quotation at the beginning of a work that hints at its theme.
comic relief
the inclusion of a humorous character or scene to contrast with the tragic elements
rhetoric
all the strategies, modes and devices a writer can use to get the reader to easily accept his or her point of view.
dialect
the recreation of regional spoken language, such as Southern.
narration
a relating of events in some climatic sequence whether imaginary or real
cacophony
harsh and discordant sounds in a line or passage in a literary work
colloquial
the use of slang in writing, often to create local color and to provide and informal tone.
induction
the process that moves from a given series to a generalization
comparison and contrast
to point out how two things are similar or to stress how they are dissimilar
character
those who carry out the action of the plot in literature
causal analysis
focuses specifically on explanations that show a connection between a situation and its cause or effect
anecdote
a story or brief episode told by the writer or a character to illustrate a point
expository
to expose or explain; not limited to a single method of development
division and classification
to break down a subject into its constituent types, for the purpose of discovering the nature of a subject by a study of its parts and their relationship to the larger whole
denotation
a literal or dictionary meaning of a word.
diction
the author's choice of words that creates tone, attitude, and style, a swell as meaning
analogy
a literary device employed to serve as a basis for comparison. What applies to the parallel situation also applies to the original circumstance.
connotation
the interpretive level of a word base on its associated images rather than its literal meaning
argument
a single assertion or a series of assertions presented and defended by the writer.
flashback
a device that enables a writer to refer to past thoughts, events or episodes
imagery
the total effect of related sensory images in a work of literature
form
the shape or structure of a literary work.
deduction
the process of moving from a general rule to a specific example
euphony
the pleasant, mellifluous presentation of sounds in a literary work.
antithesis
the presentation of two contrasting images that are balanced
antecedent
the word, phrase, or clause to which a pronoun refers
attitude
the relationship an author has toward his or her subject, and/or his or her audience
hyperbole
extreme exaggeration, often humorous
logical fallacy
a mistake in reasoning
irony
an unexpected twist or contrast between what happens and what was intended or expected to happen.
ellipsis
indicated by a series of three periods.
definition
spelling out exactly what a word or phrase means
alliteration
the repetition of initial consonant sounds.
description
the writers attempt to capture with words the essence and flavor of a scene person or thing
figurative language
the body of devices that enables the writer to operate on levels other than the literal one. It includes metaphor, simile, symbol, motif, and hyperbole.
ad hominem
in an argument, this is an attack on the person rather than on the opponent's ideas.
example
backing up assertions or points with specific instances.
extended metaphor
a sustained comparison, often referred to as a conceit.
argumentation
any speech or essay whose aim is to sway or persuade a reader or listener.
process
an essay that gives instructions on how to do something or describes how something was done, presenting information in chronological order, commonly in the form of instructions
inference
a conclusion one can draw from the presented details
allusion
a reference contained in a work
abstract
refers to language that describes concepts rather than concrete images.
monologue
a speech given by one character
metonymy
a figure of speech in which a representative term is used for a larger idea.

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