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Dictionary of Literary Words

Vocabulary Building · English Word Power

by Manik Joshi


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WHAT ARE "LITERARY WORDS"?'Literary words' are associated with literature.'Literary words' are typical of a work of literature and imaginative writing.'Literary words' are used with a particular meaning, in narrative, drama, poetry and other writing in a literary manner.This book has been divided into three sections:Section 01: Common Literary WordsSection 02: Figurative Use of the WordsSection 03: Glossary of Literary TermsIMPORTANT NOTESNOTE — A:ELEVATED WORDSUse of an 'Elevated' Word in Place of a 'Simple' Word'Elevated language' is widely used in literature.Elevated Word — a word that is used to show a high intellectual levelSimple Word — a word that is used to keep conversation simple in daily lifeExample 1:'Behold' [elevated word] | 'See' [simple word]Meaning of 'behold' and 'see':to become aware of something by using your eyesExample 2:'Blithe' [elevated word] | 'Happy' [simple word]Meaning of 'blithe' and 'happy':showing or feeling pleasureNOTE — B:FIGURATIVE USE OF THE WORDSMany words and phrases are used in a different (literary) way from their usual (literal) meanings to produce a special effect. [I have put these words together in Section-2 (figurative use of the words) of this book.]Example-1:ache: In general sense — to feel a continuous painHis leg ached because of injury.ache: In literary sense — to be very sadHis false accusations made our heart ache. [= made us sad]Example-2:Flash: In general sense — to shine brightly for a few momentsCamera flashed once.Flash: In literary sense — to suddenly show a strong emotionTheir eyes flashed with horror.NOTE — C:'LITERARY TERMS'There are many words which are used to describe particular form of writing in a literary work, or used in analysis, discussion, classification, and criticism of a literary work. [I have defined these terms in Section-3 (glossary of literary terms) of this book.]Examples:catharsis — the process of releasing strong feelings through artistic activitiesdiction — the choice and use of words to create a specific effect in a literary workepithet — a word or expression used to attribute special quality to somebody/somethinggenre — a particular category, style or type to which a literary wok belongsholograph — handwritten piece of writing by its authoridyll — a poem that describes a peaceful and happy scenejuvenilia — a literary work produced by an artist, in his/her youthmelodrama — a literary work that is full of exciting and exaggerated events or emotionsopera — a dramatic work where a majority of the words are sung to musicpanegyric — a speech or written composition that praises somebody/somethingprosody — the patterns of rhythms and sounds in poetryquatrain — a verse of a poem that has four linesrefrain — a line or number of lines of a song or poem that is repeated after each versescene — one of the small sections within an act (a major division) of a playsemantic — relating to the meaning of words and sentencestrilogy — a set of three books, plays, movies, etc. on the same characters or subjectfigure of speech — an expression in which a word or phrase represents one thing in terms of something dissimilar (non-literal) to create a particular effect in somebody's mind, or in which an emphasis is produced by patterns of sound. [Some common figures of speech are as follows — alliteration, anaphora, antistrophe. apostrophe, assonance, consonance, hyperbole, irony, litotes, metaphor, metonymy, periphrasis, personification, simile, synecdoche]

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Manik Joshi was born on Jan 26, 1979 at Ranikhet and is permanent resident of Haldwani, Kumaon zone of India. He is an internet marketer by profession. He is interested in domaining (business of buying and selling domain names), web designing (cre...

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