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allegory
The device of using character and/or story elements symbolically to represent an abstraction in addition to the literal meaning. In some allegories, for example, an author may intend the characters to personify an abstraction like hope or freedom. The allegorical meaning usually deals with moral truth or a generalization about human existence.
alliteration
The repetition of sounds, especially initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words (as in "she sells sea shells"). The repitition can reinforce meaning, unify ideas, and/or supply a musical sound.
allusion
A direct or indirect reference to something which is presumably commonly known, such as an event, book myth, place, or work of art. Allusion can be historical (like referring to Hitler), literary (like referring to Kurtz in "Heart of Darkness"), religious (like referring to Noah and the flood), or mythical (like referring to Atlas). There are, of course, many more possibilities, and a work may simultaneously use multiple layers of allusion.
ambiguity
The multiple meanings, either intentional or unintentional, of a word, phrase, sentence, or passage.
analogy
A similarity or comparison between two different things or the relationship between them. An analogy can explain something unfamiliar by associating it with or pointing out its similarity to something more familiar. Analogies can also make writing more vivid, imaginative, or intellectually engaging.
antecedent
The word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun (for example: shut it up! "it" is the antecedent "your mouth.")