Flashcards in Subtest I - Literary Devices Deck (19)
A detail of a literary work that is not appropriate for its time setting. For example, having a woman in Victorian England make a call on a cell phone would be an anachronism.
When a writer emphasizes the ways two apparently unlike things are actually similar.
A figure of speech that balances an idea with a contrasting one or its opposite. From Robert Frost: "Some say the world will end in fire,/Some say in ice."
The repetition of vowel sounds in a sentence or line of poetry.
The use of precise words to give a positive or negative slant to a statement or passage. For example the word fragrance has a positive connotation; stench has a negative one. Both words mean "smell"
The literal meaning of a word, as found in a dictionary, (Think definition)
The choice of words and style of language used through which the writer creates the tone of a work.
The continuation of a clause or sentence from one line of poetry to the next. Poets may use enjambment to subvert the reader's expectations about what the lines are saying. Enjambment can also create a faster pace or a change of rhythm.
A quotation from another source that appears at the beginning of a literary work and suggests its theme.
A form of English poetry with pairs of rhyming lines in iambic pentameter (five stresses to a line).
Saying one thing and meaning something else.
When a situation is in reality much different than the character or characters think.
When the audience is aware of something that the characters onstage (or in a story) do not know.
A word mistaken for another word with a similar sound.
A way of measuring the rhythm in formal verse. Meter is shown by dividing a line of verse into feet, or units of two or three syllables.
A figure of speech in which a word is substituted for another word with which it is somehow linked or closely associated. Ex: "The pen is mightier than the sword" means that the power of writing or literature is greater than military force.
A phrase made up of words that seem contradictory "passive aggressive" and "deafening silence".
A line or phrase that is repeated at regular intervals in a poem, usually at the end of a stanza.