a loud harsh or strident noise
the natural, rhythmic rise and fall of a language as it is normally spoken
"Seize the day"; a Latin phrase implying that one must live for the present moment, for tomorrow may be too late.
a release of emotional tension, an emotional discharge that brings about a moral or spiritual renewal or welcome relief from tension and anxiety
the opposite of parallel construction; inverting the second of two phrases that would other wise be in parallel form i.e. "By day the frolic, and the dance by night". Samuel Johnson The Vanity of Human Wishes.
characteristic of ordinary conversation rather than formal speech or writing
an expression that has been overused to the extent that its freshness has worn off
A humorous scene or speech intended to lighten the mood
a fanciful expression, usually in the form of an extended metaphor or surprising analogy between seemingly dissimilar objects
the implied or associative meaning of a word
the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words, repetition of identical consonant sounds within two or more words in close proximity, as in boost/best; it can also be seen within several compound words, such as fulfill and ping-pong
a character with traits that are expected or traditional
two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme, two lines of verse that form a unit alone or as part of a poem, especially two that rhyme and have the same meter, also contain the same number of syllables
foot of poetry with three syllables, one stressed and two short or unstressed
the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression, compared to connotation
the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work
the author's choice of words that creates tone, attitude, and style, as well as meaning
having the primary purpose of teaching or instructing, moralizing
an exaggeration or stretching of the truth to achieve a desired effect
a mournful poem, especially over the dead
the continuation of a syntactic unit from one line of verse into the next line without a pause
a short, clever poem with a witty turn of thought
the use of a quotation at the beginning of a work that hints at its theme.
a moment of sudden revelation or insight
any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality, a disparaging or abusive word or phrase
deus ex machina
A god who resolves the entanglements of a play by supernatural intervention. The Latin phrase means, literally, "a god from the machine." The phrase refers to the use of artificial means to resolve the plot of a play., any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve and insoluble difficulty
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