important words

Lowkey, if you want to fuck with me, you need to understand these specific literary terms. This is how I speak my language, express my character, and formulate my thoughts.

al·le·go·ry

/ˈaləˌɡôrē/

noun

a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.


hy·per·bo·le

/hīˈpərbəlē/

noun

exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.


mag·ic re·al·ism

/ˈmajik ˈrē(ə)ˌlizəm/

noun

  1. a literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative and naturalistic technique are combined with surreal elements of dream or fantasy.

ox·y·mo·ron

/ˌäksəˈmôrˌän/

noun

  1. a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g. faith unfaithful kept him falsely true ).

sim·i·le

/ˈsiməlē/

noun

  1. a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (e.g., as brave as a lion, crazy like a fox ).

syn·ec·do·che

/səˈnekdəkē/

noun

  1. a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa, as in Cleveland won by six runs (meaning “Cleveland’s baseball team”).

met·a·phor

/ˈmedəˌfôr,ˈmedəˌfər/

noun

  1. a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.

 

Oxford English Dictionary. “anatomy, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2020. Web.