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

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