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a ludicrous change in writing or speech

Black Comedy

Comedy that focuses on situations more commonly associated with tragedy, such as suffering, anxiety, and death. Attempts to provoke morid laughter in response to these situations.


a group of literary work commonly regarded as central to literary tradition


written in the form of or carried on by letters or correspondence


(anthropology) the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era


one stressed and unstressed basic unit of the excentual syllabic line

Begging the Question

the act of ignoring a problem or issue assuming it is settled.

Feminine Rhyme

is a rhyme that matches two or more syllables at the end of the respective lines (painted, passion, acquainted, fashion)

Masculine Rhyme

final syllable of first word rhymes with final syllable of second word (scald recalled)


a literary form in which events are exaggerated in order to create an extreme emotional response


new word or phrase

In Medias Res

beginning in the middle of the action (in the middle of things)


the pattern created in a line by its stucture of sound and stressed syllables


an appeal based on logic or reason

Eye Rhyme

rhyme that appears correct from spelling but does not rhyme because of pronunciation

Argument by Definition

A form of argument in which the writer defines a term by placing it in a particular category,thereby claiming that what is true for the whole category is true for the particular term. Example:"A Dog is a living thing. All living things deserve respect. Therefore, dogs deserve respect."

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