A type of comedy based on a humorous situation. Only this situation provides humor, not the characters nor the clever plot lines.
A mild word or phrase which substitutes for another which would be undesirable because it is too direct, unpleasant or offensive.
A comparison between two similar things. In literature, a work with resembles another work either fully or in part.
A reference in one literary work to a character or theme found in another literary work. The bible is the most common text referenced.
A story illustrating an idea or a moral principle in which objects take on a symbolic meaning.
In poetry, a metrical pattern consisting of one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables.
In poetry, a metrical patter consisting of two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable.
A deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses or paragraphs.
A reference backwards in the text. A personal pronoun has anaphoric reference because you have to look back at the text to see what the pronoun is referencing.
A stylistic scheme in which conjunctions are deliberately omitted from a series of related clauses: Veni, Vidi, Vici, I came, I saw, I conquered.
A type of rhetoric in which the second part the syntactically balanced against the first part.
A person, scene, event or other elements in literature that fails to correspond with the time of the era in which the work is set.
A term that describes a line of poetry that ends with a natural pause, often indicate by a mark of punctuation.
As distinguished from Apollonian, the word refers to sensual, pleasure seeking impulses.
A saying or proverb containing truth based on an experience and often crouched in metaphorical language.