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adage a saying or proverb containing a truth based on experience and often couched in metaphorical language
allegory a story in which people, things and events have another meaning
alliteration repetition of the same sound or letter at the beginning of consecutive words or syllables
allusion indirect reference to another text or historic event
ambiguity a vagueness of meaning; a conscious lack of clarity meant to evoke multiple meanings or interpretations
anachronism a person, scene, event or other element that fails to correspond with the appropriate time or era
analogy an extended comparison between two seemingly dissimilar things
anecdote a short account of an interesting event
annotation explanatory or critical notes added to a text
antagonist a character or force in a work of literature that, by opposing the protagonist, produces tension or conflict
antithesis parallel structure that juxtaposes contrasting ideas; direct opposite of or complete contrast to something else
apostrophe addresses a person or personified thing not present
appositive a word or phrase that renames a nearby noun or pronoun
archaic diction the use of words common to an earlier time period; antiquated language
archetype an abstract or ideal conception of a type
assertion an emphatic statement; declaration
aside dramatic convention by which an actor directly addresses the audience but it is not supposed to be heard by the other actors on the stage.
assonance the repetition of two or more vowel sounds in a group of words in prose or poetry
assumption a belief or statement taken for granted without proof
attitude the speaker's position on a subject as revealed through his or her tone
audience one's listener or readership; those to whom a speech or piece of writing is addressed
authority a reliable, respected source - someone with knowledge
bard a poet; in olden times, a performer who told heroic stories to musical accompaniment
bias prejudice or predisposition toward one side of a subject or issue
blank verse unrhymed iambic pentameter

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adage

a saying or proverb containing a truth based on experience and often couched in metaphorical language

allegory

a story in which people, things and events have another meaning

alliteration

repetition of the same sound or letter at the beginning of consecutive words or syllables

allusion

indirect reference to another text or historic event

ambiguity

a vagueness of meaning; a conscious lack of clarity meant to evoke multiple meanings or interpretations

anachronism

a person, scene, event or other element that fails to correspond with the appropriate time or era

analogy

an extended comparison between two seemingly dissimilar things

anecdote

a short account of an interesting event

annotation

explanatory or critical notes added to a text

antagonist

a character or force in a work of literature that, by opposing the protagonist, produces tension or conflict

antithesis

parallel structure that juxtaposes contrasting ideas; direct opposite of or complete contrast to something else

apostrophe

addresses a person or personified thing not present

appositive

a word or phrase that renames a nearby noun or pronoun

archaic diction

the use of words common to an earlier time period; antiquated language

archetype

an abstract or ideal conception of a type

assertion

an emphatic statement; declaration

aside

dramatic convention by which an actor directly addresses the audience but it is not supposed to be heard by the other actors on the stage.

assonance

the repetition of two or more vowel sounds in a group of words in prose or poetry

assumption

a belief or statement taken for granted without proof

attitude

the speaker's position on a subject as revealed through his or her tone

audience

one's listener or readership; those to whom a speech or piece of writing is addressed

authority

a reliable, respected source - someone with knowledge

bard

a poet; in olden times, a performer who told heroic stories to musical accompaniment

bias

prejudice or predisposition toward one side of a subject or issue

blank verse

unrhymed iambic pentameter

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