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Alliteration
The repetition of accented consonant sounds at the beginning of words that are close to eachother.
Allusion
A reference in literature or in art to previous literature, history, mythology, pop culture, or the Bible
Ambiguity
Quality of being intentionally unclear.
Anachronism
An element in a story that is out of its time frame: used to create humorous or jarring effect.
Analogy
An analogy clarifies or eplains an unfamiliar concept or object, or one that cannot be put into words, by comparing it with one which is familiar.
Analysis
The process of examining the components of a literary work.
Anapest
The poetic foot (measure) that follows the pattern unacented, unaccented, unaccented, accented.
Anecdote
A short and often personal story used to amphasize a point, to develop a character or a theme, or to inject humor.
Antagonist
A character who functions as a resisting force to the goals of the protagonist.
Antecedent
The word or phrase to which a pronoun refers.
Anticlimax
An often disappointing, sudden end to an intense situation.
Antihero
A protagonist who carries the action of the literary piece but does not embody the classic characteristics of courage, strength, and nobility.
Antithesis
A concept that is directly opposed to a previously presented idea.
Aphorism
A erse statement that expresses a general truth or moral principle. "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise"
Apostrophe
A rhetorical figure of direct address to a person,object, or abstract entity.
Apotheosis
Elevating someone to the level of a god.
Archetype
A character, situation, or symbol that is familiar to people from all cultures because it occurs frequently in literature, myth, religion, or folklore.
Aside
A hort speech or remark made by an actor to the audience rather than to the other characters, who do not hear him or her.
Assonance
The repeated use of a vowel sound.
Attitude
The author's feelings toward the topic he or she is writing about. "tone"
Aubade
A poem or song about lovers who must leave one another in the early hours of the morning.
Ballad
A folk song or poem passed down orally that tells a story which may be derived from an actual incident or from legend or folklore.
Blank Verse
Unrhymed poetry of iambic pentameter.
Cacophony
Harsh, discordant sounds, unpleasant to the ear.
Carpe Diem
Latin for "seize the day"
Catharsis
Aristotle's term for "arousing pity and fear in the audience" emotionl cleansing, relief.
Chiasmus
The opposite of parallel construction; inverting the second of two phrases that would otherwise be in parallel form "I like the idea, its execution, I don't"
Colloquial
Of or relating to slang or regional dialect.
Comic Relief
Humor that provides a release of tension and breaks up a more serious episode.
Conceit
A far-fetched comparison between two seemingly unlike things: an extended metaphor.