Key Literary Terms

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Review the key literary terms and concepts presented throughout Chapters 1 and 2. (See the end of each chapter for a glossary of terms.) Choose at least four of these terms to discuss in your post. Then, find examples of these concepts in the readings from this week. Explain how these examples demonstrate each literary concept as well as the effect which the given technique or form has on a reading of the respective text. Your initial post should be at least 150 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the text, and properly cite any references. A symbol is an object, person, or action that conveys two meanings: Its own literal meaning and something it stands for as well. “There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul.” In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” the symbol in this example is about a woman who is physically exhausted by her husband’s death. It describes how her body is taking a toll deep down. A song is a lyrical musical expression, a source of emotional outlet common in ancient communities and still influential in contemporary culture. In "Dream Boogie" Hughes asks readers to imagine the quest for civil rights as a dance (metaphor): a be–bop, not an elegant waltz. He arranges the flow of words to help us imagine movement, rhythm, and sounds. Ambiguity is the use of language that has more than one meaning, creating uncertainty about how to interpret what has been stated. “And the scent of her wrap, and the words never said, And the ominous, ominous dancing ahead. We sat in the car park till twenty to one, And now I'm engaged to Miss Joan Hunter Dunn.” Here in John Betjeman’s “A Subaltern’s Love Song,” my example of ambiguity is about how one can interpret different meanings about what happens in the car park and how they get engaged. Imagination is the human power that shapes artistic...
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