Essential Literary Terms A Brief Norton Guide with Exercises

ISBN-10: 0393928373
ISBN-13: 9780393928372
Edition: 2007
Authors: Sharon Hamilton
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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

This brief, friendly guide provides beginning readers of literature with a source for clear, concise definitions of 125 key literary termsfrom allusion, epigram, and irony to paradox and personification to simile, tetrameter, and tone. Designed for ease of reference, the entries in Essential Literary Terms carefully define each term, provide examples from classic and contemporary literature, and reinforce understanding with critical-analysis exercises. For readers who want to take conversations about literature to a deeper level, Essential Literary Terms gives them the tools and vocabulary to grow beyond a superficial "I like it/ I don't" response and to begin to divine the art behind the work.

Sharon Hamilton lives in Scotland with her partner and two young children. This is her first book.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Literary Forms
Drama
Comedy
High and low comedy
Farce
Romantic comedy
Comedy of manners
Stock characters
Tragedy
Classical tragedy
Senecan tragedy
Revenge tragedy
Domestic tragedy
Tragicomedy
Theater of the Absurd
Periods of Drama
Ancient Greek
Roman
English medieval
Morality plays
Mystery plays
Elizabethan and Jacobean
Restoration and Eighteenth Century
Modern
Fiction
Novel
Novel of incident
Novel of character
Realistic novel
Romance
Bildungsroman
Historical novel
Epistolary novel
Anrinovel
Metafiction
Short Story
Novella
Poetry
Verse
Epic Poetry
Dramatic Poetry
Lyric Poetry
Specialized Forms
Dramatic Monologue
Exercise: Dramatic Monologue
Epigram
Aphorism
Exercise: Epigram
Satire
Direct (formal) satire
Indirect satire
Horatian satire
Juvenalian satire
Exercise: Satire
Figurative Language
Figures of Thought (Tropes)
Simile
Metaphor
Tenor
Vehicle
Mixed metaphor
Extended metaphor
Subtext
Exercises: Similes and Metaphors
Personification
Allegory
Pathetic fallacy
Synecdoche
Metonymy
Exercise: Personification, Pathetic Fallacy, Synecdoche, and Metonymy
Irony
Verbal irony
Sarcasm
Structural irony
Unreliable narrator
Dramatic irony
Tragic irony
Cosmic irony
Exercises: Irony
Tropes Dependent on Contrasting Levels of Meaning
Hyperbole
Understatement
Paradox
Oxymoron
Litotes
Periphrasis
Pun
Equivoque
Exercise: Tropes Dependent on Contrasting Levels of Meaning
Figures of Speech (Schemes)
Apostrophe
Invocation
Rhetorical Question
Anaphora
Antithesis
Chiasmus
Exercise: Figures of Speech (Schemes)
Rhetorical Strategies
Diction
Formal vs. colloquial language
Abstract vs. concrete language
Poetic diction
Allusion
Analogy
Exercises: Allusion, Analogy, and Diction
Imagery
Symbolism
Atmosphere
Exercises: Imagery, Symbolism, and Atmosphere
Repetition
Selection and Order of Details
Epiphany
Exercises: Repetition, Selection and Order of Details, and Epiphany
Narration
Voice
Narrator
Point of View
First-Person
Third-Person
Third-person omniscient
Intrusive narrator
Objective narrator
Narrator in drama
Third-person limited
Stream of consciousness
Second-person
Exercise: Point of View
Characterization
Flat Characters vs. Round Characters
Showing vs. Telling
Exercises: Characterization
Roles in the Plot
Protagonist
Hero, heroine
Antagonist
Villain
Foil
Exercises: Roles
Dialogue
Verisimilitude
Speech headings
Stage directions
Direct and indirect discourse
Repartee
Soliloquy
Aside
Exercise: Dialogue
Setting
Exercises: Setting
Theme
Tone
Pathos
Exercises: Theme and Tone
Structure
In Medias Res
Exposition
Flashback
Narrative Pace
Parenthetical Observation
Subplot
Shift in Style
Exercises: Structure
Syntax
Independent clause
Dependent clause
Subject
Simple subject
Complete subject
Predicate
Simple predicate
Complete predicate
Direct object
Indirect object
Appositive
Sentence Fragments
Kinds of Sentences
Simple sentence
Compound sentence
Coordinating conjunction
Complex sentence
Subordinate clause
Means of Linkage
Coordination
Subordination
Parallelism
Syntactical Order
Loose sentence (cumulative sentence)
Periodic sentence
Inversion
Sentence Variety
Exercises: Syntax
Prosody
Meter
Quantitative meter
Syllabic meter
Stress
Accentual meter
Accentual-syllabic meter
Foot
Metrical Feet
Iamb
Anapest
Trochee
Dactyl
Number of Feet in a Line
Mowometer
Dimeter
Trimeter
Tetrameter
Pentameter
Hexameter
Heptameter
Naming the Meter
Iambic pentameter
Trochaic trimeter
Dactylic tetrameter
Common Substitutions
Spondee
Catalexis
Masculine and feminine endings
Pauses within and between Lines of Verse
End-stopped lines
Enjambed lines
Caesura
Scansion
Exercises: Meter
Rhyme
End Rhyme
Double rhyme
Triple rhyme
Masculine rhyme
Feminine rhyme
Internal Rhyme
Rhyme Scheme
Perfect and Imperfect Rhyme
Eye rhyme
Half-rhyme (off-rhyme, slant rhyme, imperfect rhyme)
Exercise: Rhyme
Sound and Sound Patterns
Alliteration
Internal alliteration
Consonance
Assonance
Onomatopoeia
Exercises: Sound and Sound Patterns
Poetic Forms
Stanzas
Couplet
Heroic couplet
Closed couplet
Open couplet
Tercet (Triplet)
Terza rima
Quatrain
In Memoriam stanza
Ballad meter (common meter)
Refrain
Sonnet
Italian (Petrarchan)
English (Shakespearean)
Volta (turn)
Sonnet sequence
Curtal sonnet
Blank Verse
In poetry
In drama
Free Verse (Open Form Verse)
Exercises: Poetic Forms
MLA Style
MLA In-Text Documentation
Notes
MLA List of Works Cited
Sample Research Paper, MLA Style
Permissions Acknowledgments
Index of Terms

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