Monthly Archives: July 2009

English Terminology – Part 4

This is Part 4 of the English Terminology series! 1. Antithesis Refers to something that is the direct opposite. For example, love/hate are antithetical opposites. Keating’s speech juxtaposes antithetical opposites of war and peace, soldiers and civilians, and loss and…

English Terminology – Part 3

This is Part 3 of the English Terminology series! 1. Anthropomorphism Refers to the technique where human characteristics are given to animals. You can contrast this to personification, where you give human characteristics to inanimate objects. Animated films often use…

English Terminology – Part 2

This is Part 2 of the English Terminology series! 1. Active and Passive Voice Refers to the difference in tone created by changing how verbs are used in sentences. Active voice is where the subject does an action – this…

English Terminology – Part 1

Everyone knows (or should know) the basic English techniques and terminology – metaphor, simile, alliteration, exaggeration. But what about the more…obscure ones? Like absurdism, non-linear, tracking, syntax, contraction (which I’ll go through today)? This is Part 1 of a series,…