Ad hominem Argument
An arguement appealing to one's prejudices, emotions, or special interests, rather than to one's intellect or reason.
Extended Metaphor told as a complete narrative with characters, a setting, and symbols.
Repitition of a consonant sound.
A reference to a person, historical event, or literary device.
An unclear, indefinite, or equivocal word, expression, or meaning.
Similarity or comparability.
The word or words that a pronoun stands for.
A terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation.
A rhetorical device by which a speaker turns from the audience as a whole to adress a single person or thing.
The dominant mood or emotional tone of a work of art, as of a play or a novel.
A group of words that contain a verb and its subject.
a word phrase, or expression used in everyday language.
A poetic device using elaborate comparisons, such as comparing a loved one to the beauties of the world.
An associated or additional meaning that a word, image, or phrase may carry.
The literal, dictionary meaning of a word.
Word choice or vocabulary.
A form of literature that sets out to instruct.
The substitute of a mild and pleasant expression for a blunt, harsh one.
A long metaphor that is used throughout a piece of literature.
A lament, or sadly meditative poem, often written on the occassion of death.
Figure of Speech
A device used to produce figurative language.
Term used to describe traditions for each genre.
A major category in which a literary work fits.
Usually means "sermon," but more informally, it can include any serious talk, speech, or lecture involving moral or spiritual advice.
Use of language to appeal to the five senses.
A reasonable conclusion drawn from the information presented.
An emotionally violent, verbal denunciation or attack using strong abusive language.
Contrast between what is stated explicitly and what is really meant.
Type of sentence in which the main idea (Independent Clause) comes first, followed by the dependent phrase or clause.
A figure of speech using an implied comparison of seemingly unlike things or a substitution of one for the other, suggesting similarity.
A figure of speech in which the name of one object is substituted for that of another closely associated with it.
The telling of a story or an account of an event, or series of events.
A figure of speech in which natural sounds are imitated in the sounds of words.
A figure of speech wherin the author groups apparently contradictory terms to suggest a paradox.
A statement that appears to be self contradictory or opposed to common sense but upon closer inspection contains some degree of truth or validility.
The grammatical or rhetorical framing of words, phrases, sentences or paragraphs to give structural similarity.
A work that closely imitates the style or content of another with the specific aim of comic effect or ridicule.
An adjective that describes words, phrases, or general tone that is overly scholarly, academic, or bookish.
Giving human characteristics to concepts, animals, or inanimate objects.
Point of View
Perspective from which literature is told.
One type of subject compliment- an adjective, group of adjectives, or adjective clause that follows a linking verb.
A second type of subject compliment- a noun, group of noun clause that renames the subject.
Division of genre referring to fiction and nonfiction in all its forms.
Duplication of any element of language such as a sound, word, phrases, clauses, sentences, or grammatical patterns.
Describes the principles governing the art of writing effectively, eloquently, and persuasively.
Flexible terms describing the variety, conventions, and purpose of major trends of writing.
Involves bitter language that is meant to hurt or ridicule.
Work that targets human vices and follies or social institutions and conventions for reform or ridicule.
The branch of linguistics that studies the meaning of words, their historical and psychological development, their connotations, and their relations to one another.
An evaluation of the sum of the choices and author makes in blending diction, syntax, figurative language, and literary device.
A clause that contains a subject and a verb, but it cannot stand alone.
A deductive system of formal logic that presents two premises.
Anything that represents itself and stands for something else.
The way an author chooses to join words into phrases, clauses, and sentences.
The central idea or message of work, the insight it offers into life.
In writing, the sentence or group of sentences that directly expresses the author's opinion, purpose, meaning, or position.
Describes the author's attitude towards his material, his audience, or both.
A word or phrase that links different ideas.
A ruler with total control; a tyrant.
A suck up; one who flatters others.
Someone who lives for pleasure or happiness.
One who pretends to a life or belief that he does not honestly have; a fake.
One who differs from their accepted belief or theory.
A quack or a fraud; a cheat; an imposter.
One who stubbornly holds to his own opinions.
A greedy, grasping person
A rebel; one who rises up in revolt.
A fanatic; someone who is devoted beyond reason to a cause or belief.
Treating with facts uninfluenced by emotion.
Large in scope or content.
Seemingly valid or acceptable; credible.
Having little substance or strength; weak; unsure.
Describing a showy or pretentious display.
Made up of a variety of sources or styles.
To calm or soothe.
Having to do with the appreciation of beauty.
Hateful; marked by deep-seated ill will.
To attempt to lie; to mislead; to hide the truth.
To intimidate; to dismay.
Deserted without inhabitants, barren.
Intense dislike; to treat with scorn or contempt.
To send away with promptness or speed.
A plea; an earnest request.
An expert with food and drinks; connoisseur.
Feeling or showing little emotion.
Worn out through overuse, trite.
Long established; deep rooted; habitual.
of chief concern or importance
having great depth or seriousness.
indefferent to pleasure or pain; impassive.
going of in a side direction.
To free from guilt or blame.
Able to see the future.
Short lived; as an image.
Advanced beyond's one age.
Quick to recover.
To clear from blame.
To verify, to confirm.
Out of date.
To end an activity.
variant, moving apart.
To recognize; to understand between differences.
Preparing for the main event; introductory.
Something that relieves the effects of poison.
To make greater or to supplement.
An omen or prophecy.
Soothing substance, or one that gives relief.
To decieve, to mislead, to persuade with charm.
To grant or to give.
To take the color out of, to bleach, to make white.
Struck repeadetly, battered.
To blame or to condemn.
To defend or to support.
Innocent, wholesome, Angelic.
To voice dissaproval, to scold.
Loud noise or shouting.
To seclude or to confine.
Capable of burning.
To cause one to become confused.
Relating to a physical, material body; tangible and palpable.