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Abstract

refers to language that describes concepts rather than concrete images

Ad hominem

in an argument, this is an attack on the person rather than on the opponent's ideas

allegory

a work that functions on a symbolic level

alliteration

the repetition of initial consonant sounds

allusion

a reference contained in a work

analogy

a literacy device employed to serve as a basis for comparsion. What applies to the parallel situation also applies to the original circumstance

anecdote

a story of brief episode told by the writer or a character to illustrate a point

Antecedent

the word, phrase, or clause to which a pronoun refers

antithesis

the presentation of two contrasting images that are balanced

argument

a single assertion or a series of assertions presented and defended by the writer

attitude

the relationship an author has toward his or subject, and/or his or her audience

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