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Unit III: The Paradoxes of Life and Language. Bellwork. —. Literary Terms. —1/15/15. Define, . in your own words. , the following terms:. Simile. Metaphor. Tone. Mood. 5. Allusion. 6. Theme. 7. Rhyme Scheme.

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Review of Literary Terms

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Review of Literary Terms

Unit III: The Paradoxes of Life and LanguageSlide2


Literary Terms—1/15/15

Define, in your own words, the following terms:SimileMetaphorToneMood

5. Allusion6. Theme7. Rhyme Scheme8. Idiom

You have 5 minutes.

Bonus: ParadoxSlide3

A comparison between two unlike things


using the words “like” or “as”

Ex: My teacher is a dragon!Because, baby, you’re a firework.A comparison between two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”Ex: The student was as quiet as a mouse.

Your words cut like knives.




How an author feels towards a character, subject, setting

Tone Words: amused, hopeful, proud, sympathetic, irritated, hateful, furious



How a text makes the audience feel

Mood Words: awed, excited, surprised, scared, numb, intimidated, refreshed

This is entertaining.

Honestly, I’m a little scared.

Well, that surprised me.

I am quite amused.Slide5

A reference to something well known in a text.

It can be done directly or indirectly


The moral or central idea of a story


The repetition of similar sounds in two or more words

Denoted using letters

An expression that can not be understood from the individual meaning of each word. A figure of speech.

Ex: It was raining cats and dogs.

My students are driving me up the wall.

I’m feeling under the weather.


Rhyme Scheme

I used to be alive, but now I’m dead (at last I


)! A

I’m just a guy like all the rest (though true my eyes don’t


) A

Everywhere I go they say I really don’t fit



The party always scatters when I arrive (I just can’t


)! BSlide7

A statement that is self-contradictory because it often contains two statements that are both true, but in general, cannot both be true at the same time.



I’m nobody


I’m a compulsive liar—am I lying when I say that?


goes to that restaurant because it’s too crowded.


shouldn’t go into the water until you know how to swim.