Literary Terms

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Grade 9 Lit Terms!
 
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Definition

Alliteration

a series of words that start with the same sound

rhyme

a series of words that end with the same sound

Etymology

the study of the roots of words

Context Clue

a way of figuring out what a word means by examining the word's situation

Rhyme scheme

the organization of rhymes in a poem/song, which can be described in a code like AABB or ABCA

Imagery

words that create a vivid mental picture

Loose rhyme

a near rhyme, not perfect (like time and fine)

Poetic license

a term for the freedom an artist has to play with/break the rules of their art form

Rhyming couplet

two lines of verse that rhyme. Shakespeare ended his sonnets with these.

Motif

a recurring idea or image in a story

Renaissance

the period of cultural renewal in Europe after the Middle Ages

Patriarchy

the system which allows men to have all the power in society

Foreshadowing

a hint about the future in a story

Contrast

two very different things, next to each other, to emphasize their differences

Theme

the main idea about life that lies under a story.

Shakespearean Prologue

an introduction in which the actors would explain the story about to be presented - with spoilers - and a plea to pay attention

Shakespearean Sonnet

a 14 line poem with 3 verses of 4 lines each, and one rhyming couplet at the end

Comic Panel

the boxes that comics are arranged in, separated by "gutters"

Consumerism

the idea that consumption (shopping) is inherently good

Dystopia

a story about a bleak future for humanity, usually based in a corrupted "utopia"