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Flashcards in African Lit Deck (23):
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Praise song

religious text/hymn

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Sacred drama

plays used in religious ceremonies

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Epithet

descriptive name, phrase or title

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Lyric poetry

vivid expressive statement of a speakers thoughts

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Book of the dead

traveler's guide to the afterlife

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Griots

keepers of oral literature

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Orature

African oral literature

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Papyrus

reed that were used to make paper

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Horus

son of osiris; pharaoh was the earthy incarnation of him

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Pastoral poetry

poetry that portrayed everyday life in idyllic terms

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monotheism

belief in one god

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apostrophe

figure of speech in which a writer addresses some thing, concept, or person

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hieroglyphics

form of written language in which pictures represent ideas

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metaphor

direct comparisons made without like or as

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alliteration

repetition of consonant sounds in words close together

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rhyme

tones in which syllables are spoken to give meaning

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morals

a lesson about life that a story teaches

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refrains

a repeated word, phrase, line, or group of lines.

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Tonal assonance

repetition of vowel sounds and all following sounds

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cradle song

important type of oral poetry intended to entertain/soothe

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simile

figure of speech that makes a direct comparison using like or as

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Irony

contrast between the expectation and reality

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theme

central idea of insight of a work of literature