Literary Terms

Literary Terms
Ashley, Jessica, Jesmine
Terms of Focus
 Allusion
 Analogy
Diction-It denotes the word choice and phrasing in a literary work.
It can be described in many ways such as how formal or informal it
is, if it’s abstract or concrete, or if it’s literal or figurative.
Rhetorical Strategy
Ex. Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market
“One had a cat’s face,
One whisked a tail,
One tramped at a rat’s pace,
One crawled like a snail.”
The word choice which she used to describe the little goblin men really
shows the reader how satanic these creatures are.
Allusion: A passing reference in a work of literature to another
literary or historical work, figure, or event, or to a literary passage.
The reference is not explained, so that it can convey the flattering
presumption that the reader shares the writer’s erudition or inside
Rhetorical strategy
William Falkner’s The Sound and the Fury alludes to Shakespeare’s
Macbeth. The protagonist of Macbeth dismisses life as a tale told by
an idiot that signifies nothing. The allusion in The Sound and the
Fury is seen when first part of the story is told from the perspective
of a mentally challenged narrator who cannot speak intelligently.
Allusion- the comparison of a subject to something that is similar to
it in order to clarify the subject’s nature, purpose, or function.
Rhetorical strategy- describes a reference to some element outside
of the text itself.
Hand: Glove:: Shoe: Foot
Comparing a nucleus to a brain
Comparing a liver to a filter
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