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allegory
the device of using character and/or story elements symbolically to represeent an abstraction in addition to the literal meaning.
alliteration
the repetition of sounds, especially initially consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words.
allusion
a direct or indirect reference to soething which is presumable commonly known, such as an event, book, myth, place or work of art.
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 relationsihp between them.
antecedent
the word, phrase or clause referred to by a pronoun
aphorism
a terse statement of known authorship that espresses a general truth or a moral principle.
apostrophe
a figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction, such as liberty or love.
atmosphere
the emotional mood created by the entirety of a literary wrok, established partly by the setting and partly by the author's choice of objects that are described.
clause
a grammatical unit that contains both a subject and a verb
colloquial/colloquialism
the use of slang or informalities in speech or writing
conceit
a fanciful expression, usually in the form of an extended metaphor or surprising analogy between semminly dissimilar objects
connotation
a nonliteral, associative meaning of a word; the implied, suggested meaning
denotation
the strict, literal, dictionary definition of a word, deboid of any emotion, attitude or color
diction
related to style, diction refers to the writer's word choices, especially with regard to their correctness, clearness or effectiveness.
didactic
works that have the primary aim of teaching or instructing, especially the teaching of a moral or ethical principles.
euphemism
Greek for "good speech" Typically a substitute for a generally unpleasant word or concept
extended metaphor
a metaphor developed at great length, occurring frequently in nor throughout a work
figurative language
writing or speech that is not intended to carry literal meaning and is usually meant to be imaginative and vivid
figure of speech
a device used to produce figurative language
generic conventions
describes traditions for each genre
homily
"sermon" or any serious talk, speech or lecture involving a moral or spiritual voice
hyperbole
a figure of speech using deliberate exaggeration or overstatement.
imagery
the sensory details or figurative lnguage used to describe, arouse emotion, or represent abstractions
interence/infer
to draw a reasonable conclusion from the information presented
invective
an emotionally violent, verbal denunciation or attack using strong, abusive language
irony
the contrast between what is stated explicitly and what is really meant
loose sentence
a type of sentence in which the main idea (independent clause) comes first, followed by dependent grammatical nits such as hrases and cluases.
metaphor
a figure of speech using implied comparison of seemingly unlike things or the substitution of one for the other, suggesting some similarity
mood
1- grammatical and deals with verbal units and a speaker's attitude
2-literary, meaning the prevailing atmosphere or emotional aura of a work
genre
the major category into which a literary work fits