Critical Writing MidTerm

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35 Cards. Created by Brittany Damper ().
 
Term  
Definition

denotation

dictionary definition

connotation

contextual meaning, overtones

Imagery

sight, sound, smell, taste, touch

metaphor

implied comparison

simile

explicit comparison, often using "like" or "as"

personification

human characteristics given to an animal, object or idea

apostrophe

someone absent or dead is addressed as if present

metonymy

a significant aspect or detail is used to represent the whole

symbol

something that represents or stands for something else

allegory

a narrative or description having a second meaning beneath the surface one

hyperbole

exaggeration, overstatement

understatement

saying far less than one means

irony: verbal, dramatic, & situational

a discrepancy or incongruity: opposite of what is said, author says something different than what the character says, & difference between what happens & what is expected to happen

paradox

a statement containing two apparently contradictory elements

oxymoron

a compact paradox of 2 words that seemingly contradict each other

meaning & idea

theme, concept, dominant impression

tone

the author's attitude toward the subject, the audience , or himself/herself; the emotional coloring or emotional meaning of a work

musical devices

alliteration, assonance, consonance, repetition, rhyme

rhythm

the natural rise & fall of language

meter

the patterns of stressed & unstressed syllables