2016-2020 WAEC/NECO/JAMB LITERATURE (3)…INDEX OF LITERARY TERMS AND CONCEPTS (A)

WAEC/NECO LITERATURE IN ENGLISH...LITERARY TERMS AND CONCEPTS FOR APPRECIATION PURPOSES...HOW MANY ON THIS LIST DO YOU ACTUALLY KNOW LIKE CHIMAMANDA?

Chimamanda-Ngozi-Adichie

LITERARY TERMS AND CONCEPTS FOR APPRECIATION

1.  Literary concepts and terms as in mathematics refer to those ideas and words used in literature in a specially understood or defined sense. They are not strictly figurative language only but literary devices and methods of expression in literature (prose,poetry and drama), which enable a student to read a literary work with appreciative understanding and enjoyment. It is also helpful that a reader recognizes any terminology used therein which may have a stated or implied purpose and style for giving some basic or critical analysis of a given text.

2.   Literary concepts, terms and appreciation inculcate all forms, elements, techniques, sounds and sense of literature (prose, poetry, and drama). However literary appreciation is concerned with the acquisition of the artistic skills needed to react instantaneously to any literary work in the various genres of literature. There are specific skills needed for each genre and  there are also basic principles and concepts which cut across the genres. Regardless of the genres literary appreciation is a test of comprehension and analysis of the theme, subject, matter, use of figurative and non-figurative language. It also covers features of a given passage. In WAEC/NECO exams the objective is to decide the total input of the excerpt in question.

3.  A figure of speech is any departure from the literal (i.e ordinary) use of a word or phrase. You will find below perhaps the most comprehensive set of literary concepts and terms ever compiled in  any Nigerian literature textbook or write-up for WAEC/NECO/JAMB Literature exams. Here they are presented for your entertainment, emotional therapy, education and understanding of English language as a  second  or foreign language. They can be used in speeches to correct ills of the society,for creative use of English language generally.They can also be used for defining or shaping the opinions of your readers. Lest we forget they are also useful for WAEC/NECO/JAMB exam!

EDUPEDIA’S EXTRACTED LIST OF LITERARY TERMS AND CONCEPTS

(TEACHERS TO PLEASE POINT OUT TO STUDENTS THOSE MOST RELEVANT)                                             

           A

         C

         D (CONTD.)

          H

ABSURD

CALYPSIS

DRAMATIC FORMS

HENDIADYS

ACCENT

CARICATURE

DRAMATIC IRONY

HEPTASTICH

ACT

CAST

DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE

HERO

ACTOR

CATASTROPHE

DRAMATIC PERSONAE

HEROINE

ADAPTATION

CARHARSIS

DYNAMIC CHARACTER

HEROIC DRAMA

ADDRESS

CAESURA

DYSTOPIA

HYPERBOLE

ADDRESSEE

CHANT

DRAMATIC CONVENTIONS

HOMONYMS

ADDRESSER

CHARACTER

DRAMATURGY

HOMOPHONES

AESTHETICS

CHARACTERIZATION

             E

HUBRIS

ALLEGORY

CHARACTER TRAITS

EDITION

HUMOUR

ALIENATION

CHIASMUS

ELECTRA COMPLEX

I

ALLITERATION

CHORUS

ELERGY

IDIOMS

ALLUSION

CLASSICS

EMPATHY

IDYLL

AMBIGUITY

CLICHÉ

ENALLAGE

IMAGERY

ANACHRONISM

CLIMAX

END RHYME

IMAGINATION

ANAGRAM

CLOWN

ENJAMBMENT

IMMITATION

ANALOGY

COHERENCE

EPANALEPSIS

IMPROVISATION

ANECDOTE

COINAGE

EPIC

INUENDO

ANTAGONIST

COMEDY

EPIGRAM

INTENT

ANTHOLOGY

COMIC RELIEF

EPILOGUE

INTRODUSTORY SEGMENT

ANTICLIMAX

COMPLEX PLOT

EPISODE

INSIGHT

ANTI-HERO

COUTURE

EPISTLE

INTENT

ANTONOMASIA

CONFESSIONAL

EPITAPH

J

APOSTROPHE

CONFLICTS

EPITHET

JARGON

ARCHAIC EXPRESSIONS/ARCHAISM

CONNOTATION

EPITHALAMION

JEREMIAD

ARTIST

CONTEMPORARY

EPONYMOUS

JOURNAL

ARTISTE

CONTRAST

EULOGY

           L

ASIDE

COPYRIGHT

EUPHEMISM

LAMENTATION

ASSONANCE

COSTUMES

EUPHONY

LAMPOON

ATMOSPHERE

COUPLET

EXAGGERATION

LANGUAGE

AUDIENCE

COUP-DE-GRACE

EXISTENTIALISM

LAY

AUDITION

COUP-DE-THEATRE

EXPOSITION

LEGEND

AUTHOR

CUE

EXTRACT

LIMERICK

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

CURTAIN

EXCERPT

LITERARY

AVANT GARDE

CURTAIN-RAISER

 

LITERATI

           

CYNICISM

 

LITOTES

 

 

 

LOCAL COLOR

 

 

 

LOCATE

 

 

 

LYRIC

           B

         D

               F

         M

BALLAD

DEJA VU

FABLE

MAGIC

BALLET

DENOTATION

FARCE

MAKE-UP

BAND

DENOUEMENT

FICTION

MALAPROPISM

BARD

DESIGNER

FIRST PERSON STYLE

MAKE BELIEVE

BATHOS

DESTINY

FLASH BACK

MANUSCRIPT

BELLES-LETTERS

DIALOGUE

FLAWS

MELODRAMA

BIBLIOGRAPHY

DIDACTIC POEM

FOIL

MEMOIR

BILLET-DOUX

DILEMMA

FORE GROUNDING

METER

BLANK VERSE

DIRECTOR

FORE SHADOWING

METONYMY

BOMBAST

DIRGE

FORWARD

MILIEU

BON MOT

DOCUMENTARY

FREE VERSE

MIMICRY

BURLESQUE

DRAMA

 

MEIOSIS

 

 

              G

MISE EN SCENE

 

 

GENRE

MNEMONIC

 

 

GESTURES

MONODRAMA

 

 

GLOSSARY

MONODY

 

 

GRAFFITI

MONOLOGUE

 

 

GREEK/LATIN/FRENCH  

EXPRESSIONS

MOOD

 

 

 

MUSES

 

 

 

MYSTIQUE

 

 

 

MYTH

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