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Adjectival phrase
A phrase that modifies a noun or a pronoun
Adjective
A word that describes somebody or something
Adverb
A word that modifies a verb
Adverbial phrase
A phrase that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb
Allegory
A story in which people, things, and actions represent an idea or generalization about life
Alliteration
The repetition of initial consonant sounds in words.
Allusion
A reference in literature, or in visual or performing arts, to a familiar person, place, thing, or event.
Archetype
An image, a descriptive detail, a plot pattern, or a character type that occurs frequently in literature, myth, religion, or folklore and is, therefore, believed to evoke profound emotions.
Argumentation
A speech or writing intended to convince by establishing truth. Most argumentation begins with a statement of an idea or opinion, which is then supported with logical evidence. Another technique of argumentation is the anticipation and rebuttal of opposing views.
Aside
A dramatic device in which a character speaks his or her thoughts aloud, in words meant to be heard by the audience but not by the other characters.
Assonance
The repetition of vowel sounds without the repetition of consonants.
Ballad
A poem in verse form that tells a story.
Character
A person who takes part in the action of a story, novel, or a play. Sometimes characters can be animals or imaginary creatures, such as beings from another planet.
Characterization/Character development
The method a writer uses to develop characters.
Clause
A group of related words that has both a subject and a predicate.
Cliché
A trite or stereotyped phrase or expression.
Climax
The high point, or turning point, in a story—usually the most intense point near the end of a story.
Cognates
Words having a common linguistic origin.
Connotation
The attitudes and feelings associated with a word.
Consonance
The repetition of consonant sounds within and at the ends of words.