The use of character and/or story elements to represent a larger idea (hope, freedom)
Repetition of initial consonant sound
Reference to another work
Repeating the last word of a phrase or clause
Similarity between two things, sometimes used to explain stuff
Repeating the first word of a phrase or clause
Establishes the contrasting nature of two ideas by juxtaposing them
A statement of known authorship that says something considered to be "common knowledge"
An interruption of a speech to address an inanimate object (fate, liberty, love)
A basic form of a type of story or character
Words spoken only to the audience or to a few characters while others are onstage
Repetition of similar vowel sounds in successive words (not sentences)
Omitting conjunctions between words
A coming of age story
Exaggeration of physical features as a form of parody
Sieze the day - a realization that life is short and we have to make the most of it
Purification of emotions
An exaggerated metaphor using words in an unusual way
Listing entities to show progression
Parallel structure in which the second part is in reverse order (learned unwillingly, gladly forgotten)
An old, tired, worn out, idea or expression
The use of slang or informalities in writing
A work that amuses the audience and ends happily
Non-literal, associative meaning of a word; the suggested meaning
Correspondence of sounds in words or syllables, can be found anywhere in the word
The strict, literal definition of a word
A forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or some institution
Literature designed to teach a moral
The writer's word choice and style
The omission of one or more words that the reader can fill in
The same word or phrase starts and ends a phrase or sentence
Repetition of the last part of a sentence or part of a sentence. "Of the people, by the people, for the people"
An adjective that qualifies a noun. "sneering contempt"
Using an name of a famous person to describe an attribute. "The man is a regular Einstein"
A word used to avoid saying another word
Language not intended to carry literal meaning
Figure of speech
A device used to produce figurative language
Exaggeration to make a point
Harsh denunciation of a person
The contrast between what is stated and what is meant, 3 types: Verbal, Situational, Dramatic
The same gramatical form is repeated multiple times, "I came, I saw, I conquered."
Understatement used to make a point
Independent clause first, followed by dependent clauses. Thus, can end early.
Figure of speech comparing two seemingly unlike things
A theme repeated throughout a work
Imitating natural sounds in the form of words
A paradox (usually) reduced to two words; used to show complexities
A song of praise or triumph. Does not literally have to be a song.
A brief and simple story that illustrates a moral or religious lesson
A statement or expression that is self contradictory; used to provoke the reader into seeing things from another point of view
The writer treats inanimate or nonhuman objects as if they had human feelings (cruel winds, dancing flowers)
An overly scholarly tone
A sentence in which the meaning is not completed until the end, usually because the independent clause is at the end.
Adding additional conjunctions to make an effect of a very long list.
The repetition of a similar sound in a work.
Targeting human vices and follies or social institutions and conventions for reform or ridicule
Consonant sounds that make a "hissing" sound
A comparison using "like" or "as"
A speech given alone on the stage that expresses the private, inner thoughts of the character
A figure of speech in which the part is used to represent the whole, or occasionally, vice versa. "The White House said..."