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A type of understatement in which something affirmative is expressed by negating its opposite.
My parents were not overjoyed when I came home three hours past my curfew.
Something which has its primary purpose to teach or instruct.
Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography shows his readers how to be successful; Aesop's Fables presents morals.
A major category or type of literature.
Paradise Lost is an epic poem; The Scarlet Letter is a novel; Into Thin Air is nonfiction
The act of speaking directly to an absent or imaginary person, or to some abstraction.
"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"
A word formed from imitation of natural sounds.
The fire crackled in the fireplace. We could hear the buzzing of the bees in the hive.
Substituting the name of one object for another object closely associated with it.
"The White House issued a statement today."
A humorous imitation of a serious work.
Spaceballs and the space epic genre
Hot Shots and action films
Thin Thighs in Thirty Years and exercise books
Intentional exaggeration to create an effect.
There were at least a million people at the mall when I went shopping Saturday.
A concise statement which expresses succinctly a general truth or idea, often using rhyme or balance.
"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."
An object which is something in itself yet is used to represent something else.
The dove - peace
The hawk - war
An apparently contradictory statement which actually contains some truth.
Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.
An intensely vehement, highly emotional verbal attack.
"My opponent is a lying, cheating, immoral bully!"
An expression in which two words that contradict each other are joined.
An indirect, less offensive way of saying something that is considered unpleasant.
In Victorian times, ladies were said to "glisten" rather than "sweat" or "perspire."
A comparison between two different things which are similar in some way.
By comparing conducting to politics, Igor Stravinksy helped non-musicians understand his feelings about orchestra conductors.
Informal words or expression not usually acceptable in formal writing.
Huck Finn says, "I got the fantods" to describe his nervousness and says "shin" instead of "run."
The repetition of words or phrases at the beginning of consecutive lines or sentences.
"We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves."
Endowing non-human objects or creatures with human qualities or characteristics.
The smiling, friendly sun was about to be swallowed by the angry clouds moving in from the south.
A reference to something literary, mythological, or historical.