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

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