Significance of Title
Relationship between title and poem/story; can be literal, symbolic, humorous, ironic, or unrelated.
Major underlying idea of poem or story (may also be other, secondary or minor themes.
Occurs when two opposing forces meet, may be internal or external.
The time and place of a literary work that establishes its context.
The person created by the writer to be the speaker of the poem or story.
The implied attitude of a writer (or speaker) toward the subject and characters of a work: can often be invoked by the diction used.
Language speaker/character uses: formal/elevated (thee, thou), middle (standard grammar), or informal (black dialect/slang)
The personal or emotional associations called up by a word that goes beyond its dictionary meaning.
The dictionary meaning of a word.
A form of language use in which writers and speakers mean something other than the literal meaning of their words. (E.g. hyperbole, metaphor, and simile.)
The repetition of consonant sounds, especially at the beginning of words.
The repetition of similar vowel sounds in a sentence or line of poetry.
A purposeful exaggeration.
An apparent contradiction.
A version of a paradox that combines contradictory words into a compact, often, two-word term.
Giving nonhuman things human characteristics or qualities.
An association of two completely different objects as being the same thing.
A figure of speech invoking a comparison between two unlike things using “like,” “as,” or “as though.”
Figurative language used to create particular mental images.
A concrete representation of a sense impression, a feeling, or an idea.
An object or action in a literary work that means more than itself, that stands for something beyond itself.
The design or form of a literary work.
The arrangement, manner, or method used to convey the content, such as free-verse, couplet, limerick, haiku…
Poetry without a regular pattern of meter or rhyme.
A line of poetry or prose in unrhymed iambic pentameter.
The measured pattern of rhythmic accents in poems.
The matching of final vowel or consonant sounds in two or more words.
The recurrence of accent or stress in lines of verse.
Discrepancy between words, spoken or written and their actual meaning.
A form of verbal irony; presents bitter disapproval under the guise of praise.
A figure of speech in which a writer (or speaker) calls out to an unseen person, force, or personified idea/object.