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Allegory
The device of using character and/or story elements symbolically to represent an abstractions to the literal meaning.
Alliteration
The repetition of sounds, especially initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words (as in "she sells sea shells").
Allusion
A direct or indirect reference to something which is presumably commonly known, such as an event, book, myth, place, or work of art. (something that everyone should know if you refeer to it)
Ambiguity
The multiple meanings, either intentional or unintentional, of a word, phrase, sentence, or passage.
Analogy
A similarity of comparison between two different thigns or the relationship between them.
Antecedent
The word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun. (Elana, she; My friends, them)
Aphorism
A terse statement of known authorship which expresses a general truth or moral priniciple. (like a quote, or if the author is unknown then a folk proverb.)
Apostrophe
A figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or personified abstraction, such as liberty or love.
Atmosphere
The emotional mood created by the entirety of a literary work, (established partly by the setting and partly by the author's chice of objects that are described).
Clause
A grammatical unit that contains both a subject and a verb. (dependent, and independent)
Colloquial/colloquialism
The use of slang or informalities in speech or writing. (writting how you would talk: Yo! What's up? Nadda!)
Conceit
A fanciful expression, usually in the form of an extended metaphor or surprising analogy between seemingly dissimilar objects.
Connotation
The nonliteral, associative meaning of a word; the implied, suggested meaning. (Hit the road, take a hike)
Denotation
The strict, literal, dictionary definition of a word, devoid of any emotion, attitude or color.
Diction
Related to style, diction refers to the writer's word choices, especially with regard to their correctness, clearnes, or effectiveness.
Didactic
Literally means "teaching" in Greak.
Euphemism
A more agreeable or less offensive substitute for a generally unpleasant word or concept. (like "eartly remains" instead of "corpse")
Extended Metaphor
A metaphor developed at great length, occurring frequently in or 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. (Hyperbole, metaphor, irony, oxymoron, similie, and metonomy.)
Generic conventions
This term describes traditions for each genre. Help to define each genre (ex: tells where the piece or writing belongs, and what style it is (essay, journalisitic, autobiography, and political)).
Genre
The major category in which a literary work fits. (Prose, poetry, drama, novels, short stories, essays, biographies, -- tragedy, comedy, melodrama, and so on.)