Literature Terms Vocabulary Help
Terms Relating to Language and Literature
- a short account of an interesting or humorous incident
- In order to capture classroom life for the visiting parents at Back to School Night, the teacher shared a number of comical _____(s) about her kindergarten students.
- attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena
- The Native American legend exhibited elements of _____, as it was a bear who emotionally narrated the tale of loss on the reservation.
- a brief statement of a truth or opinion; a saying or an adage
- The old _____, "Good things come to those who wait," proved true when after many years, the patient boy got his wish.
- an original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; an ideal example of a type
- Shakespeare's dramas provide a literary _____ that has influenced many subsequent authors who follow the pattern his work provides.
- to explain the meaning of; interpret; to analyze the grammatical structure of (a sentence)
- The boy _____(d) his mother's silence as disappointment in his behavior.
- to reach a conclusion by reasoning; to infer from a general principle; to trace the origin of
- Are you able to _____ the meaning of a word once you are given ample context clues?
- a short, witty poem expressing a single thought or observation; a concise, clever, often paradoxical statement or saying
- The novelist began her text with a short _____ on the first page that truly captured the complexity of the story that followed.
- the origin and historical development of a word's forms, meanings, and usages
- Students were asked to trace the _____ of the word, looking in particular for its earliest usage.
- to conclude or reason from evidence, premises, or circumstance; to hint or imply
- Given the circumstances, we may _____ that the young mother's motive for putting her baby up for adoption was indeed honorable.
- the use of words to express something different from, and often opposite to, their literal meaning; a literary style employing such contrasts for witty effect; incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
- The _____ of his name, Tiny, became apparent when I saw the seven-foot-tall man for the first time.
- the formation or use of words that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions to which they refer
- The author of this musical review uses _____ to describe the sounds of the musical instruments at yesterday's concert.
- a person or thing typifying a certain quality or idea; an embodiment or exemplification; a figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstractions are endowed with human qualities or are represented as possessing human form
- The puppy was a true _____ of playfulness as he went to fetch the stick every time his owner threw it.
- a mental view or outlook; a point of view; the ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance
- I didn't have a good _____ on Abby's current situation until I learned that she had grown up an only child.
- ordinary speech or writing, without metrical structure (as in poetry)
- I prefer to read _____ instead of poetry.
- the main character in a drama or other literary work
- The _____ of the story, Bridget, is a young woman that many women in their 30s can easily relate to, as she struggles with common issues such as dating, dieting, and work.
- play on words
- Mark is always making a _____, or a play on words, to make people laugh.
- the art or study of using language effectively and persuasively
- Because he is such a good speaker, his _____ is very convincing, even if what he says doesn't make a lot of sense.
- a literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony or wit
- I love late-night television talk shows because the hosts always make a _____ of current politics.
- a dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener
- As I get older, I find that I talk out loud to myself, just like a character in a drama who performs a.
- lacking power to evoke interest through overuse or repetition; hackneyed
- Because he kept repeating the same joke over and over again, it became _____.
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