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theme

the central idea, concern or purpose of a literary work

tone

the writer's attitude toward the readers and toward the subject. A writer's tone may be formal or informal, friendly or distant, personal or pompous

Toulmin model

a conceptual system of arguement devised by philosopher Stephen Toulmin; the terms claim, support, warrant, qualifier, and reservation are adapted from this system

tragedy

a type of drama or literature that shows the downfall or destruction of a noble or outstanding person, taditionally one who possesses a character weakness called a tragic flaw

transcendentalism

a philosophical movement strongly associated with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, holding that the individual, by relying on himself and nature, can overcome life's obstacles

travesty

reduction of a serious, important, or distinguished subject, person, or idea, to a joke or absurdity

trimeter

verse written in three-foot syllables

trochee

a foot with one stressed syllable followed by one unstressed syllable as in the word "heather"

two wrongs make a right

diverting attention from the issue by introducing a new point, e.g., by respinding to an accusation with a counter-accusation that makes no attempt to refute the first accusation

understatment

deliberately representing something as much less than it really is. Jonathan Swift wrote, "Last week I saw a woman flayed, and you will hardly believe how much it altered her appearance."

values

conceptions or ideas that act as standards for judging what is right or wrong, worthwhile or worthless, beautiful or ugly, good or bad

vernacular

the language or dialect common to a specific area, time, or people

verse

both the generic term for any poetry, and a unit of poetry like a stanza, line, etc

vignette

a brief scene, sketch, passage, etc. usually of a "delicate" or "sweet" nature

voice

in writing, a metaphor drawn from the spoken, encompassing the writer's tone, style, and manner

warrant

a general principle or assumption that establishes a connection between the support and claim

zeugma

the use of one word to modify two or more words, but used for different meanings. For example: He closed the door and his heart on his lost love.

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