Basic AS terms in English Literature

Just basic terms we were told we needed to know at the begenning of our AS year.

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Simile ­ Comparing one thing to another using the words as or like.
Metaphor ­ Describing an object as something else.
Alliteration ­ Words of the same sound that are close together.
Assonance ­ The rhyming of vowels only (hide, line) or of consonants, but not vowels (cold, killed)
Sibilance ­ a speech sound with a hissing effect.
Onomatopoeia ­ The name of a sound when trying to imitate it. (Meow, quack)
Hyperbole ­ An exaggeration, not taken literally.
First Person Narrator ­ A story narrated by a character speaking about themselves.
Third Person Narrator ­ A story narrated by someone often using "he" and "she" speaking about more than one
Genre ­ "Category"
Imagery ­ Descriptive writing, giving the reader an image in their mind.
Irony ­ The use of words to express something different from/opposite to their literal meaning.
Juxtaposition ­ a circumstance where two unlike things are next to one another. It has a quality of being unexpected, creating a contrast.

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Oxymoron ­ When two contradicting terms appear together. (Deafening silence)
Pathetic Fallacy ­ When the weather reflects the current mood.
Metre ­ rhythmic, recurring pattern of accented and unaccented syllables.
Rhyme ­ having or ending words (often in poems) with a sound that corresponds (sounds similar) to another.
Enjambment ­ continuation from one line in a verse to the next without a pause.
End Stopped Line ­ having a rhetorical pause at the end of each line.…read more


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