Oscar Wilde once said, “You can never be overdressed, or overeducated.”

 

Wilde

 

We found this quote rather apt as, with the end of summer and the onset of the monsoon season, we find ourselves both wearing more clothing (raincoats et al), and more importantly, heading back to school! Yes, kids; we know, it can be a bummer. But drag not those feet! Let us put a spring into your step toward the classroom. Allow us a fun ‘commencement exercise’, if you will, a new blog series to kick off the 2014-2015 school year: Lucy’s Literary Glossary, a.k.a. ‘#LitGloss’.

Here we will delve into the vast library of terms in the universe of books, a weekly journey of discovery, not just for the lit geeks, but with every student in mind, something to help you get by…and in alphabetical order, at that (*gasp*)! So… let’s begin, shall we?

A is for…

Aeneas-blog

 

Aeneas

A. Survivor of the Trojan war and legendary father of the Romans

• Carrying his father upon his shoulders, Aeneas flees a burning Troy. He then proceeds on an epic journey which ends with the founding of Lavinium, parent city of Ancient Rome. The whole story is recounted in The Aeneid by Virgil, which also contains the most detailed literary account of the infamous Trojan Horse strategy.

B. Someone who exemplifies piety and dutiful respect; someone who carries another person

• “Come, Mr. Frodo!” he cried “I can’t carry it for you but I can carry you.” — Samwise “Sam” Gamgee in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King

 

Allegory-blog

 

Allegory

A kind of narrative whose literal meanings (created by characters, events, and settings) bear secondary meanings of a more religious, moral, social, political, or satirical nature.

• The best allegories are “consistent and coherent at all levels” (Penguin Reference Dictionary of Critical Theory, 2000).

• Examples include: Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Plague by Albert Camus, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, and The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho.

 

Prince

 

Alliteration-blog

 

Alliteration

The repetition of the same consonant sounds in the beginning or middle of closely positioned words.

• Captain Haddock, Tintin’s wingman, uses many alliterations in his repertoire of (un)sailor-like swear phrases like “Ten thousand thundering typhoons!”, “Lily­livered landlubbers!”, and, of course, “Billions of blue blistering barnacles!”. We first meet the Captain in Herge’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Crab with the Golden Claws.

Btw: visit the Tintin Shop for more barnacular adventures! (Don’t you just love puns?)

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