a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
an object or action in a literary work that means more than itself, that stands for something beyond itself
a reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art
a figure of speech in which one word or phrase is substituted for another with which it is closely associated
Feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader
A figure of speech intentionally used to make a situation seem less important than it really is
Repeating of the same word or phrase to create an effect
using part of something to refer to the whole something
the depiction of a strong connection, link or bond between the different senses
the author's or speaker's feelings toward the subject
the transposition of initial or other sounds of words. Ex- blushing a crow instead of a crushing blow
a subject of disourse, discussion, meditation, or composition; topic.
the formation of a sentence
dramatic composition dealing with a serious or somber theme
an arrangement of a certain number of lines, sometimes having fixed length, meter, or rhyme scheme. A division of a poem
a persuasive argument through writing or speech
a character depicted with such psychological depth and detail that he or she seems like a "real" person
an attack or criticism of any stupidity or vice in the form of scathing humor
the general locale, historical time, and social circumstances in which the action of a fictional or dramatic work occures
a collection of three ideas, concepts, or deities loosely connected
Meter is a stressed and unstressed syllabic pattern in a verse or within the lines of a poem. Stressed syllables tend to be longer and unstressed shorter. Meter is a poetic device that serves as a linguistic sound pattern for the verses, as it gives poetry a rhythmical and melodious sound.
A rhetorical device which can be defined as the use of a second or more words (phrase) to express an idea. These words are redundant such as in the following examples of pleonasm, "burning fire" and "black darkness."
surprise or unexpected ending of a phrase or series
A figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
A japanese form of poetry, consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables
In poetry, it is a line of eight metrical feet
A single line of poetry
A likeness in literature to reality and actual events that maintains plausibility in fiction and fantasy works
a term used in a discussion of style to identify the person or personality speaking in a literary work
A 19-line poem consisting of five tercets and a final quatrain on two rhymes. The first and third lines of the first tercet repeat alternately as a refrain closing the succeeding stanzas and joined as the final couplet of the quatrain.
The use of a word to modify two or more words, but used for different meanings. He closed the door and his heart on his lost love.
short story intended to provide a moral lesson
A character who is in most ways opposite to the main character (protagonist) or one who is nearly the same as the protagonist. The purpose of the foil character is to emphasize the traits of the main character by contrast only
Poetry that does not conform to a regular meter or rhyme scheme
An action that jumps ahead of the story to narrate an event that happens at a later time.
A mistaken belief based on unsound information
A scene that interrupts the normal chronological sequence of events in a story to depict something that happened at an earlier time
Clues in a story that suggest later events
A category or type of literature (or of art, music, etc.) characterized by a particular form, style, or content.
A rhyme in which the stressed syllables of ending consonants match, but the preceding vowel sounds do not match.
tragic flaw which causes a character's downfall
a word written the same way as another word but having a different meaning
a word that has a similar pronunciation to another word but with different spelling
an extreme pride and arrogance shown by a character that ultimately brings about their downfall
rearrangement of words to create emphasis
Figure of reasoning in which one or more questions is/are asked and then answered, often at length, by one and the same speaker; raising and responding to one's own question(s).
using subordination to show the relationship between clauses or phrases
a foot containing unaccented, short syllables followed by a long, accented syllable in a line of a poem
A set expression of two or more words that means something other than the literal meanings of its individual words
Language that appeals to the five senses
a conclusion reached through reasoning
A conclusion not directly provided by evidence, but able to be drawn from the facts at hand
A hint, indirect suggestion, or reference
A poetic device in which a word in the middle of a line rhymes with a word at the end of the same metrical line.
Interdependent ways in which texts stand in relation to each other. The idea that no ideas are original, only passed from one person to the other and reinterpreted or reformed.
An emotionally violent, verbal denunciation or attack using strong, abusive language.
normal order of the words is reversed to achieve emphasis (also known as anastrophe)
A contrast or discrepancy between what is stated and what is really meant, or between what is expected to happen and what actually does happen.
A succession of phrases of approximately equal length and corresponding structure.
Special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.
A poetic and rhetorical device in which normally unassociated ideas, words, or phrases are placed next to one another to develop comparisons and contrasts
A device employed in Anglo-Saxon poetry in which the name of a thing is replaced by one of its functions or qualities, as in "ring-giver" for king and "whale-road" for ocean.
A poetic device that gives a feeling of natural or physical bodily movement or action