Does it matter if you don't know the difference between a metaphor and a simile? Maybe not, unless knowing guarantees an "A" on a test or keeps you from feeling embarrassed during a conversation about literature.
Anyword, we haven't had a TIP TUESDAY in ages, so we'll go over some literary terms today:
- Allusion--words that make a brief reference to something in history or literature. An allusion adds meaning to your reading if you know the reference.
- Anachronism--something placed in a time period when it doesn't yet exist.
- Anagram--a word made out of the letters of another word. My favorite anagram is God and dog.
- Anecdote--a little story or description of an incident that usually has some connection to the truth and might briefly describe something such as meeting a person who made a difference in one's life. I have heard anecdote pronounced as "antidote" a number of times and it bugs the heck out of me.
- Apocalyptic--literature that predicts the future of the world (usually its ending).
- Apology--its older meaning is defense but it doesn't have to be an expression of regret.
- Aside--an actor on the stage addresses the audience but is not heard by the other actors. In a movie or TV show, it might be called "breaking the fourth wall" (an actor looks into the camera and speaks as if saying something directly to viewers).
- The Great Awakening--usually associated with Jonathan Edwards, it's a period of very emotional religion in America that was at its most prominent around 1740-1745,
Now, it's your turn: can you provide an example for any of these terms?
Infinities of love,