Words Aptly Spoken British Literature

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Last updated: May 14, 2019
Allegory
The device of using character and/or story elements symbolically to represent an abstraction in addition to the literal meaning.

Alliteration
the repetition of sounds, especially initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words

Allusion
a reference to something literary, mythological, or historical that the author assumes the reader will recognize

Blank verse
unrhymed poetry that has a regular rhythm and line length, especially iambic pentameter

Bob and wheel
a short line of one, two or three syllables followed by four rhymed lines

Caesura
a pause or break within a line of poetry

Epic poem
a long narrative poem telling of a hero’s deeds

First person
the narrator is a character in the story; uses the pronoun “I”, the narrator tells us his/her own experiences but cannot reveal other characters’ private thoughts.

Foreshadowing
The use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot

Framework story
story within a story

Irony
An event, situation, action, or statement that reveals inconsistency, in which reality and appearance are different

Kenning
A device employed in Anglo-Saxon poetry in which the name of a thing is replaced by one of its functions or qualities, as in “ring-giver” for king and “whale-road” for ocean.

Limited Perspective
the narrator tells only what one character sees, thinks, hears, and feels

Metaphor
An implicit comparison between two things, or between a character or event and a broader theme, concept, or idea.

Motif
recurring structures, contrasts, and literary devices that help develop and inform the text’s major themes

Satire
the use of humor to emphasize human weaknesses or imperfections in social institutions; with the goal of reform

Stanza
a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem

Theme
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work

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