GCSE English Literature

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Alliteration
The same letter at the beginning of two or more of words that are close together.

Usually used to stress something.

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Assonance
The repetition of two or more vowel sounds or of two or more consonant sounds, close together. Usually in a poem.

Cliché
A phrase used so much it becomes meaningless.

Colloquial
Informal language.

Emotive language
Words that have strong emotional intensity.

Enjambment
When the sense of a poem runs over the line breaks.

Imperative
A verb used to express a wish, command or advice.

Juxtapose
Place two things together to show a link or emphasize a contrast between them.

List
A series of items separated by commas. Usually used to speed up the text and create a sense excitement.

Metaphor
Comparison of two things where one thing is said to be another. Powerful imagery tool, to make you imagine something.

Narcissistic
Excessive self-admiration and self-centeredness.

Onomatopoeia
Words which sound like the word they are describing, e.g. buzz, crack.

Oxymoron
A phrase in which the words contradict each other, usually for effect. e.g. “dumb god” (from Limbo.)

Repetition
A word said more than once.

Usually used to stress it.

Rhetorical question
A question that does not require an answer, designed to make people think. Example: “Do we want to pay more taxes?”

Persona
Telling a poem from a first person perspective that is not the author’s perspective.

Personification
Using a metaphor to make something seem human.

Rhyme
Word with endings that sounds similar to each other. Usually used to connect words.

Rhythm
The beat of a poem.

Simile
Comparing two things, but saying one is like another.

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