So, I am currently spending the night preparing for a university scholarship exam which is tomorrow, and basically I have no idea what it will be about except that it will be to do with English Literature.
I have been researching a few literary terms for the benefit of this paper and so I thought I would share a few of my favourites that you may not have heard of.
Note that this is also for my benefit because I haven't done much preparation for this exam and I really need to learn a couple of new things by tomorrow morning!
1. Benedictio: The blessing or the act of a blessing
Eg: Benedict Cumberbatch, our lord our saviour
This word makes me think of Benedict Cumberbatch when I read it so this is how I will remember it!
2. Deesis: A calling to a witness
Eg: For God's sake!
Don't use Benedict's name in vain!
3. Anaphora: Repetition of a word or group of words at the beginning of successive lines.
Eg: My anaconda don't,
My anaconda don't
My anaphora don't want none unless you got repetition hun!
4. Diaskeue: Graphic description of circumstances in order to arouse the emotions
Eg: As Benedict unwrapped the silk scarf from around his sleek neck, you could just about see the flex in incredible jaws. His cheekbones could cut the tension like a knife.
5. Epanorthosis: Amending a first thought to make it stronger.
Eg: I am angry - no, I am furious!
My best friend has a name similar to Epanor (but its not Epanor, obviously) and so I will remember this word because of this fact.
6. Astrothesia: A vivid description of stars
I love this word! I just thought it was pretty, and if by any chance the exam includes a vivid description of stars, I at least know what that's called now!
7. Pleonasm: the use of more words that necessary
Eg: with these eyes I saw the thing
It means to point out the obvious, really.
Hope you learnt some new words!
I have to go and prepare some more now, see you tomorrow!