Lit. Terms - Writing Techniques

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The use of the same consonant sound at the beginning of stressed syllables


The repetition of similar vowel sounds, usually in stressed syllables


What is suggested by a word, above and beyond the dictionary definition


The repetition of consonant sounds in the middle or at the end of words


A direct, specific meaning; the dictionary definition


The use of clues or hints to suggest events that will occur later in the plot


A scene or event from the past inserted in a narrative out of chronological order, to fill in information or explain something in the present

In medias res

"In the midst of things"; opening a story in the middle of the action, necessitating filling in past details by exposition or flashback


The arrangement of two or more ideas, characters, actions, settings, phrases, or words side-by-side or in similar narrative moments for the purpose of comparison, contrast, rhetorical effect, suspense, or character development.


Any short poem in which the speaker expresses a personal emotion rather than describe a narrative or dramatic situation


Using words that imitate the sound they denote

Parallel structure

The repetition of similar structures in writing


A regularly repeated line or group of lines in a poem or song

Rhetorical question

A question asked for an effect, not actually requiring an answer


The way words are put together to form phrases, clauses, and sentences; Sentence structure and how it influences the way a piece of literature is read


A generalized paraphrase of the central or dominant idea of a work; The statement a poem makes about its subject


The attitude a literary work takes toward its subject; Reflects the narrator's attitude


The art of using language effectively


Harsh or unpleasant spoken sound created by clashing consonants


Pleasant spoken sound created by smooth consonants

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