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2 a long narrative poem about the adventures of a hero whose actions reflect the ideals and values of a nation or a group
4 a grouping of two of more lines in a poem
7 the pattern or flow of sound created by the arrangement of stressed and unstressed syllables
8 a deliberate, extravagant and often outrageous exaggeration
10 the use of any object, person, place or action that has a meaning in itself while standing for something larger than itself, such as a quality, attitude, belief, or value
11 _____ person point of view: from the point of view of one character
12 a reference to a mythological, literary, or historical person, place or thing
14 the voice in a poem that talks to the reader; the speaker is not necessarily the poet
16 the writer's or speaker's attitude toward a subject, character, or audience; conveyed through the author's choice of diction, imagery, figurative language, and/or details
19 a comparison of two different idea using 'like' or 'as'
22 the dictionary definition of a word
23 use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning, such as 'hiss' or 'bang'
24 the introduction to the characters, background, and setting of a short story or novel
25 an accepted phrase or expression having a menaing different from a literal meaning
26 a hint or suggestion of a coming event
28 _____ scheme: the pattern of end rhyme in the poem; the pattern is identified by assigning a letter of the alphabet, beginning with a, to each line; lines that rhyme are given the same letter
31 a repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words
32 _____ point of view - an all-knowing, all-seeing narrator; can see the thoughts and actions of all characters.
35 the feelings and attitudes associated with a word
39 the sequence of events in a story
41 _____ of view: the positions from which a story is told
42 a story in which the characters, objects, or actions have a meaning beyond the surface of the story
44 the time and place a story takes place
45 an overused expression or idea
1 a word choice intended to convey a certain effect
3 the words or phrases a write uses to represent persons, objects, actions, feelings, and ideas descriptively by appealing to the senses.
5 the central message of a literary work; it is not the same as a subject, which can be expressed in a word or two
6 a sound word, phrase or line is repeated for effect or emphasis
7 the end of a sotry where the conflict is worked out
9 _____conflict: opposition to a character which comes from environment surroundings, or other characters; a character struggles against some outside force; man vs man vs nature
13 poetry without regular patterns of rhyme and rhythm
15 a person, animal, or imaginary creature in a literary work
17 giving human qualities to non-human things/objects
18 _____ or high point - the most exciting part of the story
20 the use of a word or phrase that is less expressive or direct, but considered less distasteful or offensive than another
21 a comparison of two different things without using 'like' or 'as'
27 a break in a time sequence to an earlier event or time
29 the emotional response of the reader to the text
30 conversation between characters
32 a form of a paradox that combines a pair of opposite terms into a single unusual expression; ex. 'jumbo shrimp'
33 _____ conflict: the struggle within a character dealing with emotions and feeings; takes place within the mind of a character; man vs. self
34 _____language - expressions and imaginative language that is not literally true
36 a character, action, or situation that is a prototype, or pattern of human life; a situation that occurs over and over again in literature, such as a quest, an initiation, or an attempt to overcome evil.
37 an author's or a narrator's distinctive style or manner of expression
38 _____ person point of view: told from the point of one observer or narrator; records only what is seen or heard
40 _____ action: the actions or events taking place after the high-point/climax
43 a form of literature: ex, fiction, nonfiction, science fiction, etc.
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