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The device of using character and/or story elements symbolically to represent an abstraction in addition to the literal meaning.
The repetition of sounds, especially initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words (as in "she sells sea shells").
A direct or indirect reference to something which is presumably commonly known, such as an event, book, myth, place, or work of art.
The multiple meanings, either intentional or unintentional, of a word, phrase, sentence, or passage.
A similarity or comparison between two different things or the relationship between them.
the opposition or contrast of ideas; the direct opposite.
Figure of repetition that occurs when the first word or set of words in one sentence, clause, or phrase is/are repeated at or very near the beginning of successive sentences, clauses, or phrases; repetition of the initial word(s) over successive phrases or clauses.
The emotional nod created by the entirety of a literary work, established partly by the setting and partly by the author's choice of objects that are described.
The use of slang or informalities in speech or writing.
The non-literal, associative meaning of a word; the implied, suggested meaning.
The strict, literal, dictionary definition of a word, devoid of any emotion, attitude, or color.
Related to style, diction refers to the writer's word choices, especially with regard to their correctness, clearness, or effectiveness.
From the Greek for "good speech," euphemisms are a more agreeable or less offensive substitute for a generally unpleasant word or concept.
A metaphor developed at great length, occurring frequently in or throughout a work.
Writing or speech that is not intended to carry literal meaning and is usually meant to be imaginative and vivid.
The major category into which a literary work fits.
A figure of speech using deliberate exaggeration or overstatement.
Figure of reasoning in which one or more questions is/are asked and then answered, often at length, by one and the same speaker; raising and responding to one's own question(s).
The sensory details or figurative language used to describe, arouse emotion, or represent abstractions.
To draw a reasonable conclusion from the information presented.
The contrast between what is stated explicitly and what is really meant, or the difference between what appears to be and what is actually true.
A figure of speech using implied comparison of seemingly unlike things or the substitution of one for the other, suggesting some similarity.
The prevailing atmosphere or emotional aura of a work.
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 statement that appears to be self-contradictory or opposed to common sense but upon closer inspection contains some degree of truth or validity.
Also referred to as parallel construction or parallel structure, this term comes from Greek roots meaning "beside one another."
A work that closely imitates the style or content of another with the specific aim of comic effect and/or ridicule.
A figure of speech in which the author presents or describes concepts, animals, or inanimate objects by endowing them with human attributes or emotions.
point of view
In literature, the perspective from which a story is told.
one of the major divisions of genre, prose refers to fiction and nonfiction, including all its forms. In prose the printer determines the length of the line; in poetry, the poet determines the length of the line.
the humorous use of a word or phrase so as to emphasize or suggest its different meanings or applications, or the use of words that are alike or nearly alike in sound but different in meaning; a pun is a play on words which are identical or similar in sound but which have "sharply diverse" meanings (serious or humorous uses).
The duplication, either exact or approximate, of any element of language, such as a sound, word, phrase, clause, sentence, or grammatical pattern.
From the Greek for "orator," this term describes the principles governing the art of writing effectively, eloquently, and persuasively.
Figure which asks a question, not for the purpose of further discussion, but to assert or deny an answer implicitly; a question whose answer is obvious or implied.
This flexible term describes the variety, the conventions, and the purposes of the major kinds of writing.
From the Greek meaning "to tear flesh," sarcasm involves bitter, caustic language that is meant to hurt or ridicule someone or something.
A work that targets human vices and follies or social institutions and conventions for reform or ridicule.
a comparison of two different things or ideas through the use of the words - like or as.
The consideration of style has two purposes: An evaluation of the sum of the choices an author makes in blending diction, syntax, figurative language, and other literary devices.
Generally, 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 a work, the insight it offers into life.
In expository writing, the thesis statement is the sentence or group of sentences that directly expresses the author's opinion, purpose, meaning, or position.
Similar to mood, tone describes the author's attitude toward his material, the audience, or both.
A word or phrase that links different ideas.
in modern usage, intellectually amusing language that surprises and delights.
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