Flashcards - Understanding Literary Texts

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stanzas
In poetry, a stanza is a grouped set of lines within a poem, usually set off from other stanzas by a blank line or indentation
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rhyme scheme
A rhyme scheme is the pattern of rhymes at the end of each line of a poem or song
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Irony
Irony , in its broadest sense, is a rhetorical device, literary technique, or event in which what appears, on the surface, to be the case, differs radically from what is actually the case
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symbol
A symbol is a sign that represents, stands for or suggests another idea, visual image, belief, action or material entity
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simile
A simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two things
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repetition
Repetition is an 1843 book by Søren Kierkegaard and published under the pseudonym Constantin Constantius to mirror its titular theme
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onomatopoeia
An onomatopoeia is a word that phonetically imitates, resembles or suggests the source of the sound that it describes
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metaphor
A metaphor is a figure of speech that refers, for rhetorical effect, to one thing by mentioning another thing
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hyperbole
Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech
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couplet
A couplet is a pair of lines of metre in poetry
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prose
Prose is a form of language that exhibits a grammatical structure and a natural flow of speech, rather than a rhythmic structure as in traditional poetry
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short story
A short story is a piece of prose fiction that can be read in one sitting
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novella
A novella is a work of written, fictional, narrative prose normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel
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novel
A novel is a long narrative, normally in prose, which describes fictional characters and events, usually in the form of a sequential story
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poetry
Poetry , published in Chicago since 1912, is one of the leading monthly poetry journals in the English-speaking world
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genre
Genre is any category of literature, music, or other forms of art or entertainment, whether written or spoken, audio or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria
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fiction
Fiction is the classification for any story created by the imagination and, therefore, not based strictly on history or fact
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fiction
Fiction is the classification for any story created by the imagination and, therefore, not based strictly on history or fact
genre
Genre is any category of literature, music, or other forms of art or entertainment, whether written or spoken, audio or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria
poetry
Poetry , published in Chicago since 1912, is one of the leading monthly poetry journals in the English-speaking world
novel
A novel is a long narrative, normally in prose, which describes fictional characters and events, usually in the form of a sequential story
novella
A novella is a work of written, fictional, narrative prose normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel
short story
A short story is a piece of prose fiction that can be read in one sitting
prose
Prose is a form of language that exhibits a grammatical structure and a natural flow of speech, rather than a rhythmic structure as in traditional poetry
couplet
A couplet is a pair of lines of metre in poetry
hyperbole
Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech
metaphor
A metaphor is a figure of speech that refers, for rhetorical effect, to one thing by mentioning another thing
onomatopoeia
An onomatopoeia is a word that phonetically imitates, resembles or suggests the source of the sound that it describes
repetition
Repetition is an 1843 book by Søren Kierkegaard and published under the pseudonym Constantin Constantius to mirror its titular theme
simile
A simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two things
symbol
A symbol is a sign that represents, stands for or suggests another idea, visual image, belief, action or material entity
Irony
Irony , in its broadest sense, is a rhetorical device, literary technique, or event in which what appears, on the surface, to be the case, differs radically from what is actually the case
rhyme scheme
A rhyme scheme is the pattern of rhymes at the end of each line of a poem or song
stanzas
In poetry, a stanza is a grouped set of lines within a poem, usually set off from other stanzas by a blank line or indentation
autobiographical
An autobiography is a written account of the life of a person written by that person
memoir
A memoir is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private, that took place in the subject's life
persuasive
Persuasion is an umbrella term of influence
subject
The subject in a simple English sentence such as John runs, John is a teacher, or John was hit by a car is the person or thing about whom the statement is made, in this case 'John'
asides
An aside is a dramatic device in which a character speaks to the audience
internal conflict
An internal conflict is the struggle occurring within a character's mind
plot
Plot refers to the sequence of events inside a story which affect other events through the principle of cause and effect
nonfiction
Creative nonfiction is a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives
denotation
Denotation is a translation of a sign to its meaning, precisely to its literal meaning, more or less like dictionaries try to define it
free verse
Free verse is an open form of poetry
essay
An essay is, generally, a piece of writing that gives the author's own argument - but the definition is vague, overlapping with those of an article, a pamphlet, and a short story
biography
A biography, or simply bio, is a detailed description of a person's life
dialogue
Dialogue is a written or spoken conversational exchange between two or more people, and a literary and theatrical form that depicts such an exchange
meter
The metre, or meter , is the base unit of length in the International System of Units
scansion
Scansion or a system of scansion is the act of determining and graphically representing the metrical character of a line of verse
facts
A fact is something that has really occurred or is actually the case
diary
A diary is a record with discrete entries arranged by date reporting on what has happened over the course of a day or other period
first person point of view
A first-person narrative is a story from the first-person perspective: the viewpoint of a character writing or speaking directly about themselves

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