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

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