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Bits of information given by the author to better develop the work
A speech in which a character who is alone speaks his or her thoughts aloud
Writing that seeks to arouse a reader's disapproval of an object by ridicule
Referencing a well known work (such as Shakespeare's many references to the Bible)
The mode of expression in language; the characteristic manner of expression of an author
A combination of opposites; the union of contradictory terms
A brief, clever, often memorable statement
A line containing five feet
Repetition of vowel sounds
A composition that imitates the style of another composition normally for comic effect
A grammatical mood expressing commands, direct requests and prohibitions
Word choice
The actual meaning of something
The special language of a profession or group
A three-line stanza rhymed aba, bcb, cdc
Direct address of an abstract person or object
The main thought expressed by a work, the meaning of the work as a whole
Repetition of initial sounds in a set of words
The methods involved in telling a story; the procedures used by a writer of stories or accounts
Normally a fourteen-line iambic pentameter poem
A general phrase for the linguistic devices or techniques that a writer can use
A figure of speech using indirection to avoid offensive bluntness (i.e. 'passed away' as opposed to 'died')
A sentence that is not grammatically complete until the final clause or phrase
A literary term referring to how a person, situation, statement, or circumstance is not as it would actually seem; many times it is the exact opposite of what it appears to be. Typ
Preceding in time or order; pre-existing
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The framework, or arrangement of materials within a work; the relationship of the parts of a work to the whole; the logical divisions of a work
A traditional form for English poetry, commonly used for epic and narrative poetry; it refers to poems constructed from a sequence of rhyming pairs of iambic pentameter lines. The
A pair or group of words that has a subject and predicate, but is not a sentence on its own; part of a sentence
The theme, meaning, or position that a writer undertakes to prove or support
A two syllable foot with an unaccented syllable followed by an accented one
Usually a repeated grouping of three or more lines with the same meter and rhyme scheme
A metrical foot consisting of one long and two short syllables or of one stressed and two unstressed syllables
Characterized by incongruities or distortions
A characteristic of a literary genre (often unrealistic) that is understood and accepted by audiences because it has come, through usage and time, to be recognized as a familiar te
A directly expressed comparison; a figure of speech comparing two objects, usually with 'like,' 'as,' or 'than.'
A line of four feet
The omission of a word or several words that would otherwise be required by the remaining elements
Exaggeration
A type of figurative language in which a statement is made that says that one thing is something else but, literally, it is not
The use of words to mean something other than their literal meaning
Alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter
The structure of a sentence; the arrangement of words in a sentence
A figurative use of language that endows the nonhuman (ideas, inanimate objects, animals, abstractions) with human characteristics
Implied meaning of a word
A statement that seems to be self-contradicting but, in fact, is true
Songlike
The management of language for a specific effect
Rhyme that occurs in a single line of verse
A form of reasoning in which two statements are made and a conclusion is drawn from them
Literal meaning of a word
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Unrhymed iambic pentameter
A question asked for effect, not in expectation of a reply
A type of symbolism in which everything in a work is representative of something (i.e. 'Young Goodman Brown')
The devices used in effective or persuasive language
The vantage point of a story in which the narrator can know, see, and report whatever he or she chooses
The background to a story; the physical location of a play, story, or novel
Explicitly instructive
The use of words whose sound suggests their meaning
A story designed to suggest a principle, illustrate a moral, or answer a question
Intentional vagueness
A quality of some fictional narrators whose word the reader can trust
The techniques of deploying the sound of words, especially in poetry
The use of material unrelated to the subject of a work
The author's feeling
Any of several possible vantage points from which a story is told
A line with a pause at the end
Phrases or sentences with very similar grammatical structure
A conventional pattern, expression, character, or idea
To change
Poetry that is not written in traditional meter but is still rhythmical
The manner in which an author expresses his or her attitude; the intonation of the voice that expresses meaning
Something that is simultaneously itself and a sign of something else
A seven-line stanza of iambic pentameter rhymed ababbcc, used by Chaucer and other medieval poets
All of the sensory perceptions referred to in a work; words or phrases used to create a 'mental picture'
A metrical line of verse consisting of six feet

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