Literary and Rhetorical Terms

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Can you name the Literary and Rhetorical Terms?

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Repetition of initial consonants
Repetition of the last word (or phrase) from the previous line, clause, or sentence at the beginning of the next.
Repetition of the same word or group of words at the beginning of successive clauses, sentences, or lines.
A recurring model or pattern in literature. Archetypes can be characters, symbols, settings, situations, or themes.
Repetition of a vowel sound within words
Figure of omission in which normally occurring conjunctions (and, or, but, for, nor, so, yet) are intentionally omitted in successive phrases
An elaborate or extended metaphor (thought not as long as an allegory).
The full range of suggestions that are associated with a word, as opposed to a word's literal meaning
Repetition of consonants in words
a word's literal meaning
Deliberate understatement, especially when expressing a thought by denying its opposite. Understatement in which the affirmative is expressed in a negative way.
Device in which one word 'stands in' for another, due to the proximal or contiguous relation the two words share.
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a 'text-within-a-text,' where the embedded text is a copy of the larger text.
Grammatically identical or similar construction.
stating and drawing attention to something in the very act of pretending to pass it over
a sentence (typically, but not always, a long setence) where the main subject and main verb is withheld until the end.
Employing many conjunctions between words, phrases, or clauses, which has the effect of slowing down the rhythm of the sentence or highlighting the excessiveness of the items in th
when a work of art makes reference to itself as such. Self-relflexive devices include addressing the audience ('tearing down the fourth wall') or even making reference to the autho
A whole is represented by naming one of its parts
Rhetorical device in which one type of sensory input (sight, sound, smell, etc.) is described in terms of another
the arrangement of words in a sentence.
Three parallel elements in a series, with the strongest element coming at the end.
the semblance of reality in literature; the sense that what one is reading is “real” or at least believable
A general term describing when one part of speech (most often the main verb) governs two or more other parts of a sentence

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