a form of understatement in which the negative of the contrary is used to achieve emphasis or intensity. Example: He is not a bad dancer.
a sentence that follows the customary word order of English sentences, i.e., subject-verb-object. The main idea of the sentence is presented first and is then followed by one or more subordinate clauses. See also periodic sentence.
personal, refletive poetry that reveals the speaker's thoughts and feelings about the subject.
a saying or proverb expressing common wisdom or truth. See also adage and aphorism.
a literary form in which events are exaggerated in order to create an extreme emotional response.
a figure of speech that compares unlike objects.
the work of poets, particularly those of the 17th century, that uses elaborate conceits, is highly intellectual, and expresses the complexities of love and life.
the pattern of stressed and unstresses syllables found in poetry.
a figure of speech that uses the name of one thing to represent something else with which it is associated. Example: "The White House says..."
the language is spoken in England roughly between 1150 and 1500 A.D.
a parody of traditional epic form.
the general form, pattern, and manner of expression of a work of literature.
a quick succession of images or impressions used to express and idea.
the emotional tone in a work of literature
a brief and often simplistic lesson that a reader mau infer from a work of literature
a phrase, idea, or event that through repetition serves to unify or convey a theme in a work of literature.
one of the ancient Greek goddesses presiding over the arts. The imaginary source of inspiration for an artist or writer.
an imaginary story that has become an accepted part of the cultural or religious tradition of a group or society.