9th Grade English/Language Arts – 33 Words

allegory

a short moral story

alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word

analogy

drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity

argument

a dispute where there is strong disagreement

assonance

the repetition of similar vowels in successive words

conflict

an open clash between two opposing groups

consonance

the property of sounding harmonious

counterargument

an opinion offered in opposition to another position

dramatic

characteristic of a stage performance

dialogue

a conversation between two persons

figurative

not literal

hyperbole

extravagant exaggeration

irony

incongruity between what might be expected and what occurs

metaphor

a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity

meter

a basic unit of length (approximately 1.094 yards)

monologue

a dramatic speech by a single actor

onomatopoeia

using words that imitate the sound they denote

personification

attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas

plot

a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation

poetic

of or relating to verse, or literature in metrical form

poetry

literature in metrical form

point of view

a mental position from which things are perceived

prose

ordinary writing as distinguished from verse

resolution

a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner

rhythm

an interval during which a recurring sequence occurs

simile

a figure of speech expressing a resemblance between things

soliloquy

speech you make to yourself

stanza

a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem

symbolism

the practice of investing things with arbitrary meaning

theme

the subject matter of a conversation or discussion

thesis

an unproved statement advanced as a premise in an argument

tone

the distinctive property of a complex sound

universal

applicable to or common to all members of a group or set
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