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allegory
A story in which people, things, and events have another meaning.
ambiguity
Mulitple meanings a literary work may communicate, especially two menaings that are incompatible.
apostrophe
Direct address, usually to someone or something that is not present.
connotation
The implications of a word or phrase, as opposed to its exact meaning.
convention
A device of style or subject matter so often used that it becomes a recognized means of expression.
denotation
The dicitonary meaning of a word, as opposed to connotation.
didactic
Explicitly instructive.
digression
The use of material unrelated to the subject of a work.
epigram
A pithy saying, often using contrast.
euphemism
A figure of speech using indirection to avoid offensive bluntness.
grotesque
Characterized by distortions or incongruities.
hyperbole
Deliberate exaggeration, overstatement
jargon
The special language of a profession or group
literal
Not figurative; accurate to the letter, matter of fact or concrete
lyrical
Songlike, characterized by emotion, subjectivity, and imgination
oxymoron
A combination of opposites; the union of contradictory terms
parable
A story designed to suggest a principle, illustrate a moral, or answer a question
paradox
A statement that seems to be self-contradictory but, in fact, is true.
parody
A composition that imitates the style of another compositioin normally for comic relief
personification
A figurative use of language that endows the nonhuman with human characteristics.
reliability
A quality of some ficitoinal narrators whose word the redaer can trust
rhetorical question
A question asked for effect, not in expectation of a reply
soliloquy
A speech in which a character who is alone speaks his or her thoughts aloud
stereotype
A conventional pattern, expression, character, or idea
syllogism
A form of reasoning in which two statements are made and a conclusion is drawn from them
thesis
The theme, meaning or position that a writer undertakes to prove or support