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allegory
representation of abstract ideas
alliteration
repitition of the same sounds
allusion
indirect reference
ambiguity
uncertain interpretation
antagonist
opposite to protagonist
apostrophe
direct address to an imaginary person
archetype
original model/prototype
cacophony
harsh sounding words
caricature
subject's features are deliberately exaggerated
carpe diem
sieze the day
characterization
representation of a character's attributes
comic relief
humor amidst dramatic tension
conceit
poetic image of exaggeration
connotation
set of associations implied by a word
couplet
two successive lines with the same meter
denotation
definition of a word
diction
choice of words
dramatic situation
situation of drama
epiphany
lightbulb, realization of the meaning of something
ethos
fundamental values to a person
euphemism
substituting a mild term for a harsh one
euphony
agreeable sounds
exposition
part of a play the gives background to the characters
figurative language
use of words and ideas to evoke mental images and sense impressions
genre
a type of literary work
hubris
arrogance
hyperbole
exaggeration is used for emphasis
imagery
use of vivid or figurative language to represent ideas
irony
surprising turn of events alluded to beforehand
metaphor
something designated to represent something else
narration
telling of the story
onomatopoeia
boom! words that are associated with the sounds
oxymoron
contradictory terms are combined
paradox
contridictory statement that may be true
parallelism
being the same, the same construction
parody
ridiculing characteristic style
pathos
quality arousing sad feelings
persona
character representing the speaker
personification
giving something non-human, humanlike qualities
point of view
the view from which a story is told
protagonist
main character, hero
pun
a play on words
rhetoric
art of using effective language
satire
where human vice is attacked through irony or wit
setting
time and place that events occur in
simile
two unlike things are compared using as or like
soliloquy
character talking to him or her self revealing their thoughts
sonnet
14-line verse form with conventional rhyme schemes
stanza
one of the divisions of a poem with two or more lines of the same structure
style
the way language is used
symbolism
representing things by other distinct things
syntax
sentence structure
theme
implicit idea, motif
tone
manner of expression
voice
distinct manner of expression of an author or character