A Level

What is Consonance?

Consonance is a literary device in which there is repetition of similar consonant sounds.  It is a specific type of alliteration.  Frequently used sounds include ‘ck’ ‘t’ or ‘p’. Consonance also differs from assonance, which is the repetition of a vowel… Continue Learning »

What is Dissonance?

Dissonance refers to the use of harsh sounds that are unpleasant and usually disruptive to the flow of speech and text. It is the opposite of euphony, in which pleasant or melodic sounds are used. Related Terminology Cacophony:  Harsh sounds that… Continue Learning »

What is a Connotation?

A connotation is the meaning that is suggested or implied by a specific word as a result of its typical associations. Connotations are normally described as being positive or negative, depending on whether the end result and interpretation is likely to… Continue Learning »

What is an End-Stopped Line?

An End-Stopped Line is where a line ends with a piece of grammar, usually a full-stop or another common form of punctuation such as a semi-colon.  As a result, there is usually a natural pause at the end of the… Continue Learning »

Different Types of Rhyme

Rhyme is a literary tool where the same or similar sounds are repeated at the end of a pair or group of words. It can occur with words that are next to each other (as a couplet) or in a… Continue Learning »

What is Hyperbole?

Hyperbole is a figure of speech in which deliberate and obvious exaggeration is used to emphasise a point. It is important not to confuse hyperbole with similes and metaphors.  Those techniques are fundamentally comparative, whereas hyperbole are overstatements and exaggerations…. Continue Learning »

What is a Cliché?

A cliché is a normal, everyday phrase or expression which has become overused, so much so that the original meaning or effect has been lost.  As such, words and phrases that we see as clichéd today would not have been when they… Continue Learning »

What is Iambic Pentameter?

A line of iambic pentameter is where there are five sets of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.  The term is derived from “iamb”, meaning a metrical foot used in poetry (a rhythmic unit), with the prefix “penta”… Continue Learning »

John Keats Context Notes

Use these John Keats context notes to help develop your understanding of Keats’s life and the way this influenced his work. As with any poet, life experiences and events undoubtedly shape their perspective of the world and therefore the work… Continue Learning »