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AP Lang Rhetorical devices May test prep
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the subject of the sentence performs the action expressed in the verb
"Anthony drive while tony searched for the crackers"
The subject of the sentence receives the action.
"The car was driven by Anthony"
A reference to another work of literature, person, or event
A character used by the author to voice their own thoughts
a story interjected to inject humor or develop a point
when humor is inserted to lighten the mood
ordinary language, the vernacular
All the meanings, associations, or emotions that a word suggests
special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.
1. Language or dialect of a particular country. 2. Language or dialect of a regional clan or group. 3. Plain everyday speech
A folk saying with a lesson
a term use to describe non fiction or poetry that describes a moral practice or a correct way of thinking
the omission of a word in a sentence "the whole day rain, torrents of rain"
the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt "crippled" or "challenged"
comparison from one set of variables to another
giving human like qualities to something that is not human
creates a picture in the audience's mind - involves the 5 senses
when the opposite of what you expect to happen does
placing things side by side for the purpose of comparison
Feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader through diction
a recurring idea in a piece of literature
figure of speech with contradictory terms "jumbo shrimp"
a statement that seems contradictory but is actually true
the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses "i saw i came I conquered'
things used in opposite ways but in the same structure "It was the best of times, it was the worst times"
The fictional mask or narrator that tells a story.
alliteration used as a poetic device
repetition of the same consonant or vowel in successive words
Deliberate use of many conjunctions "this and that and this and that"
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