a perspective confined to a single character, whether a first person or a third person; the reader cannot know for sure what is going on in the minds of other characters.
limited point of view
a sentence grammatically complete, and usually stating its main idea, before the end.
originally designated poems meant to be sung to the accompaniment of a lyre; now any short poem in which the speaker expresses intense personal emotion rather than describing a narrative or dramatic situation.
a misleading term for theme; the central idea or statement of a story, or an area of inquiry or explanation.
one thing pictured as if it were something else, suggesting a likeness on analogy between them. It is an implicit comparison or identification of one thing with another unlike itself without the use of a verbal signal such as like or as.
the more or less regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry. This is determined by the kind of "foot" and by the number of feet per line.
a figure of speech in which an attribute or commonly associated feature is used to name or designate something.
a feeling of ambiance resulting from the tone of a piece as well as the writer/narrator's attitude and point of view. This effect is fabricated through descriptions of feelings or objects that establish a sense of fear, patriotism, sanctity, hope, etc.
a recurrent device, formula, or situation that often serves as a signal for the appearance of a character or event.
a textual organization based on sequences of connected events, usually presented in a straightforward, chronological framework.