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- Describe the different types of metaphor.
- Differentiate between synecdoche and metonymy.
- Take a look at examples of paradoxes, clichés and equivocations.
- Define simile.
- Understand the difference between personification and apostrophe.
- Describe the different types of irony.
- Discuss examples of allusion and illusion.
- Examine the different types of narrator in literature.
- Define foreshadowing.
- Discuss the history of catharsis in literature and drama.
- Understand how allegory is used in literature.
- Differentiate between litotes and understatement.
- Provide examples of euphemism.
- Explain how symbolism and imagery are used in literature.
1. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types
Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.
2. Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples
Would you lend your ears for a moment (or at least your eyeballs)? This lesson will explain what synecdoche and metonymy mean and how to spot them in a piece of prose or poetry.
3. Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples
Learn about cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations, and how they can weaken or strengthen certain types of writing. Explore examples of all three from literature and daily life.
4. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples
Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.
5. Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples
In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe, or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.
6. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions
Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.
7. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples
Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.
8. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.
9. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person
Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.
10. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions
Learn how point of view, or the angle from which a story is told, impacts the narrative voice of a work of literature. Explore, through examples, how point of view can be limited, objective, or omniscient.
11. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions
Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.
12. What is Catharsis? - Definition, Examples & History in Literature and Drama
In this lesson, learn about catharsis, a purging of feelings that occurs when audiences have strong emotional reactions to a work of literature. Explore examples of literary works which lead to catharsis, including tragedies.
13. Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples
Learn about allegories and how stories can be used to deliver messages, lessons or even commentaries on big concepts and institutions. Explore how allegories range from straightforward to heavily-veiled and subtle.
14. Consonance, Assonance, and Repetition: Definitions & Examples
In this lesson, explore the different ways authors repeat consonant and vowel sounds in their literary works. Learn about how writers use repeated words and phrases with well-known examples.
15. Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples
In this lesson, explore the use of understatement as a way to draw attention to a specific quality or to add humor. Learn about litotes, a specific form of understatement, and discover examples from literature.
16. Euphemism: Definition & Examples
This lesson defines euphemisms, alternate language used in place of offensive language or when discussing taboo topics. Explore some examples of euphemisms in everyday language and well-known examples from literature.
17. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples
In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.
18. Unreliable Narrator: Definition & Examples
Unreliable narrators are types of first-person-driven narratives that give the audience the opportunity to make their own interpretations of a story. Read on to discover a more detailed definition and examples of unreliable narrators in literature and movies.
19. Climax in Literature: Definition & Examples
Do you know how to identify the climax of a story? Learn what a climax is in literature, with examples from stories you might have read for class or on your own.
20. Metonymy: Definition & Examples
Metonymy is a figure of speech that talks about an idea by using a word that is closely related to that idea. Read on to find out more about how metonymy is defined, and see some examples of this figure of speech in action!
21. Personification in Literature: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will look at personification. Personification is a form of figurative language in which something that is not human is given human characteristics. This device is often used in poetry to enhance the meaning and beauty of poems.
22. What is a Tall Tale? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples
This lesson assists you in learning about all components of tall tales, their characteristics, and why they continue to be a popular genre in literature. A short quiz follows.
23. What is Genre? - Definition & Types
Genre is a French word that means sort or style. It is often used to classify different types of art. In this lesson, we will define genre, learn why it's important and look at how genres evolve over time.
24. What Is the Peanut Gallery? - Meaning & Origin
You've probably heard someone use the phrase, 'That's enough from the peanut gallery', but what exactly does that mean? This lesson explains the origins of the phrase 'peanut gallery' and how it's used in the English language.
25. Anthropomorphic Personification: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will talk about some popular anthropomorphic novels, including ''Charlotte's Web'' by E.B. White, ''Animal Farm'' by George Orwell, and ''Watership Down'' by Richard Adams.
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