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English – Black History Literature Terms

alliteration
the repitition of sounds, most often consonat sounds, at the begining of words. Alliteration gives emphasis to words.

allusion
a referance in a work of literatre to a character, place, or situation from history or from another work of literature, music, or art.

assonance
the repitition of some or similar vowel sounds in stressed syables that end with different consonant sounds

consonance
the repitition of consonant sounds before and after different vowels

diction
the writer’s choice of words; an important elemtnt in the writer’s voice or style

free verse
poetry that has no fixed pattern of meter or rhyme.

hyperbole
a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor

imagery
the “word pictures”

irony
a contrast or discrepancy between appearance and reality

metaphor
a comparision without using like or as

monologue
a long speech or written expression of thoughts by one character in a literary work

mood
the emotional or atmosphere of a story

paradox
a situation or statement that seems to be impossible or contradicting, but is nevertheless true, either literally or figuratively

pathos
a writer’s attempt to inspire an emotional reaction in an audience

personal essay
an informal essay that reflects upon an experience in the writers life

repitition
sounds, words, phrases, lines or stanzaz are repeated for emphasis

rhyme
repitition of the same stressed vowel sounds and any succed sounds in two or more words

sensory detail
evocative words that convey sensory experiences-seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling

simile
a comparision using like or as

symbol
any object, person, place, or experience that means more than what it is.

theme
the central message of story

tone
reflection of a writer’s or speakers attitude toward the subject

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