Advertisement Upgrade to remove ads

ad hominen

in an argument this is an attack on the person rather than on the opponent's ideas. it comes from the Latin meaning "against the man"


a work that functions on a symbolic level throughout a work


the repetition of initial consonant sounds, such as "peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers"


a reference contained in a work


a literary device employed to serve as a basis for comparison. it is assumed that what applies to the parallel situation also applies to the original circumstance.


a story or brief episode told by the writer or a character to illustrate a point


the word, phrase, or clause to which a pronoun refers


the presentation of two contrasting images. the ideas are balanced by word, phrase, clause, or paragraphs. "To be or not to be"


a situation in which all parts of the presentation are equal, whether in sentences of paragraphs or sections of a longer work


harsh and discordant sounds in a line or passage in a literary work


the use of slang in writing, often to create local color and to provide an informal tone. Ex. "Huckleberry Finn"

comic relief

the inclusion of a humorous character or scene to contrast with the tragic elements of a work, thereby intensifying the next tragic event.

connective tissue

those elements that help create coherence in a written piece


the interpretive level of a work based on its associated images rather than its literal meaning


the process of moving from a general rule to a specific example


the literal or dictionary meaning of a word


the aspects of a literary work that elicit pity from the audience. an appeal to emotion that can be used as a means to persuade


appeal based on logic or reason


a persuasive appeal based on the character of a writer

Please allow access to your computer’s microphone to use Voice Recording.

Having trouble? Click here for help.

We can’t access your microphone!

Click the icon above to update your browser permissions above and try again


Reload the page to try again!


Press Cmd-0 to reset your zoom

Press Ctrl-0 to reset your zoom

It looks like your browser might be zoomed in or out. Your browser needs to be zoomed to a normal size to record audio.

Please upgrade Flash or install Chrome
to use Voice Recording.

For more help, see our troubleshooting page.

Your microphone is muted

For help fixing this issue, see this FAQ.

Star this term

You can study starred terms together

NEW! Voice Recording