Terms & Definitions
alliteration - repeting initial consonant
assonance - repeting vowels
consonance - repeting end consonants
onomatopoeia - sound words like "boom" "crash"
Scansion - meters\patterns
end rhyme - the end words rhyme
- masculine - ends accented
- feminine - ends unaccented
enjambed - "end-stopped"
blank verse - unrhymed iambic pentameter
free verse - has no rhyme and no pattern
couplet - two with same or similar end rhyme
- Fixed form poem
- has convenctions (see shakespeare)
Points of View
- Omniscient. The author tells the story as opposed to one of the characters. The author has complete
knowledge of all characters' thoughts and actions.
-Limited Omniscient. Similar to Omniscient except the author limits their knowledge to only about one
-First-Person. One of the characters in the story tell the story.
-Objective. The author is the narrarator but does not enter the minds of the characters. The author
sees the characters aswe would in real life. "fly on the wall" approach.
Types of Literary Criticism
Formalism: formal structure rather than content is what should be
Freudian: literary criticism that uses the psychoanalytic theory
of Sigmund Freud to interpret a work in terms of the known psychological conflicts of its author or, conversely, to construct
the author's psychic life from unconscious revelations in his work.
Reader-Response: Questions are presented that are relevent to the
read text;the students are to reply to their fullest knowledge.
Socratic Method: A continuous stream of oral questions and anwsers.
Others: Aristotelian, Marxist