MOST COMMON LITERARY TERMS

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ALLITERATION

the repetition of initial sounds in successive or neighboring words

ALLUSION

a reference to something literary, mythological, or historical that the author assumes the reader will recognize

ANAPHORA

the repetition of words or phrases at the beginning of consecutive lines or sentences

ANTITHESIS

a statement in which two opposing ideas are balanced

EUPHEMISM

an indirect, less offensive way of saying something that is considered unpleasant

FORESHADOWING

the presentation of material in such a way that the reader is prepared for what is to come later in the work

HYPERBOLE

intentional exaggeration to create an effect

IDIOM

an expression in a given language that cannot be understood from the literal meaning of the words in the expression; or, a regional speech or dialect

METAPHOR

a direct comparison of two different things

ONOMATOPOEIA

a word formed from the imitaiton of natural sounds

OXYMORON

an expression in which two words that contradict each other are joined

PARALLELISM

the use of corresponding grammatical or syntactical forms

PERSONIFICATION

endowing non-human objects or creatures with human qualities or characteristics

SATIRE

the use of humor to emphasize human weaknesses or imperfections in social institutions

SIMILE

a comparison of two things using "like", "as", or other specifically comparative words

UNDERSTATMENT

the deliberate representation of something as lesser in magnitude than it actually is; a deliberate under-emphasis

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