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

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