Glossary of Literary Terms Essay

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Literary terms Allegory, a story or visual image with a second distinct meaning partially hidden behind its literal or visible meaning. The principal technique of allegory is personification, whereby abstract qualities are given human shape – as in public statues of Liberty or Justice. An allegory may be conceived as a metaphor that is extended into a structured system. In written narrative, allegory involves a continuous parallel between two (or more) levels of meaning in a story, so that its persons and events correspond to their equivalents in a system of ideas or a chain of events external to the tale. Alliteration, the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words. Allusion, a hint at smth., presumably known to the reader, frequently from literature or mythology. Assonance, the repetition of the same or similar vowel sounds within nearby words. Autobiography, the history of the life, character and work of the person, written by himself. Ballad, a popular short narrative poem. Folk ballads are rhymed verse that is recited or sung, out of local stories and tall tales. Literary ballad is written in imitation of folk ballads. The writer may employ a ballad stanza and rhyme scheme, as well as archaic diction to achieve this effect. Blank verse, unrhymed lines of iambic pentameter, as in these final lines of Tennyson's 'Ulysses' (1842): One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. Blank verse is a very flexible English verse form which can attain rhetorical grandeur while echoing the natural rhythms of speech and allowing smooth enjambment. First used (c.1540) by Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, it soon became both the standard metre for dramatic poetry and a widely used form for narrative and meditative poems. Blank verse should not be confused with

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