Literary Terms

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Repetition of opening letter
A comparison that works through referring to another piece of literature or myth
A statement addressing a personified object, nature, or a person who is not actually present.
in a play; a moment in which one character speaks to the audience (or to another character) but is not heard by everyone onstage
An extended metaphor (one that runs through a whole poem) that compares two strangely dissimilar things
Arises when the audience (or reader) possesses knowledge that the characters do not, or when one character knows more than the rest.
A descriptive phrase that refers to a character (and that is used so frequently that it comes to replace that character's name).
A deliberate half-truth that is meant to deceive others.
Anything that gives clues to future events.
Overexaggeration; usually employed for melodramatic effect.
Any language that evokes the five senses (taste, sight, smell, etc).
in Anglo-Saxon literature only; a compound adjective that is used as a metaphor to describe something. Can describe things as well as people.
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Extreme understatement
A comparison made without using 'like' or 'as'.
Substituting a word with something with which it is associated.
A contradiction in terms (two words).
A seemingly contradictory statement that is, in fact, true.
A figure of speech that applies human qualities to inanimate objects.
A comparison using 'like' or 'as'.
Happens when there is a discrepency between what is expected to occur and what actually occurs.
The use of an object to represent an idea.
Using a part to stand for the whole; usually in a symbolic way.
A supporting character who contrasts with and illustrates a trait in the protagonist through the contrast.

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