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epithet
a brief descriptive name, title, or adjective that qualifies a person, place or thing
apostrophe
a writer addresses an abstract concept or absent person (written in 2nd person)
alliteration
the use of repeated consonant sounds at the beginning of words
assonance
the repetition of the same vowel sounds
consonance
the use of repeated consonant sounds at the ends of words
simile
comparison between two dissmilar things using like or as
metaphor
a direct comparison between to things
homeric simile
an extended simile which compared something familiar to Homer's audience to something unfamiliar, such as an unusually large or heroic action
imagery
creating mental pictures to express meaning
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement used to heighten effect
onomatopoeia
words that imitate the sounds of things they represent
verbal irony
saying one thing but meaning the opposite
dramatic irony
the audience or reader knows something important that a character does not know
rhythm
combination of stressed or unstressed words or syllables which create a pattern
character foil
a character who is used in contrast to another character- serves to emphasize the differences between the two
parallel structure
the repetition of words, phrases, or sentences that have the same gramamatical pattern and restate a similar idea
repetition
the intentional repeating of words, phrases, lines, or ideas to create a musical or rhythmic effect
personification
a type of metaphor in which a nunhuman thing of quality is talked about as if it were human
foreshadowing
a technique by which an author gives hints about a future event
flashback
a literary device by which chronological narrative is interupted by the recollection of a scene from the past
allusion
a reference to past events in history, religion, mythology...