a story in poetry or prose in which characters, actions, or settings represent abstract ideas or moral qualities; it has two meanings, one literal and one symbolic
the repetition of initial sounds, usually consonants, in a group of words - "the fair breeze blew, the white foam flew, the furrow followed free."
a reference to a mythological, literary, or historical person, place, or thing that a writer expects a reader to recognize
the expression of an idea in language that suggests more than one, sometimes conflicting, meanings
the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive phrases, clauses, or lines. - "we shall not flag or fail. we shall go on to the end. we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans..."
a direct juxtaposition of structurally parallel words, phrases, or clauses for the purpose of contrast. - ex: "sink or swim"
a form of personification in which the absent or dead are spoken to as if present and the inanimate, as if animate. they are all addressed directly
a verbal pattern in which the second half of the expression is balanced against the first but with the parts reversed. involves a reversal of structures in successive phrases or clauses. - ex: "fair is foul, and foul is fair." & "the question isn't whether Grape Nuts are good enough for you; it's whether you are good enough for Grape Nuts."
the use of slang or informalities in speech or writing; give work a conversational, familiar tone; can include local or regional dialects
the implied meaning of a word; all the meanings, associations, or emotions that a word suggests - ex: "death" has a negative/sad one of these
characteristic of a literary work which attempts to instruct or give guidance, particularly in moral, ethical, or religious matters; when used to describe literature, it is often derogatory in meaning since it implies a preachiness in tone which overshadows other aspects of the work
the use of a figure of speech or mild expression instead of a harsher or more direct one, usually in an effort to avoid offensive bluntness in some delicate subject. - ex: "pass away" rather than "die"
language not intended to be interpreted in a literal sense; it consists figures of speech
an obvious exaggeration or overstatement for special effect - ex: "shot heard round the world"
a contrast between what is expected or intended and what actually happens. three types: verbal irony, irony of situation, and dramatic irony
irony of situation
when the opposite of what is expected occurs or when one does not get what he deserves
a kind of understatement where the speaker or writer uses a negaitve of a word ironically to mean the opposite. ex: "she's not the friendliest person I know."
an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast; emphasizing contrasts
the atmosphere or predominant emotion in a literary work. this and tone can be different or identical
a figure of speech in which a person, place, or thing is referred to by something closely associated with it. - ex: "crown" for king or queen
a figure of speech that combines opposite or contradictory ideas or terms - ex: "sweet sorrow"
a question that is asked for effect and for which no answer is actually expected
a form of writing that holds up to ridicule or contempt the weakness or wrongs of humans, usually with the intention of reform
the way an author writes, determined by his or her choice of words; the arrangement of words in sentence, the relationship of sentences to one another, and the use of figurative language and rhythm.
the author's attitude toward his subject; it can be conveyed through the author's choice of words and detail; basically how the author feels about the subject
the opposite of hyperbole; a kind of irony that deliberately represents something as being much less than it really is.
attempts to gain audience's agreement with an assertion or claim by engaging their powers of reason
support for a claim that may include facts, statistics, examples, expert opinion, documented experience
rational appeal - offering an argument that appeals to a reader's intelligence; uses verifiable evidence
emotional appeal - relate to audience's sympathies and beliefs; connects audience to your argument