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ad misericordiam
an appeal to the audience's sympathy; an attempt to persuade another, using a hard luck story rather than logic or reason.
alliteration
the repetition of accented consonant sounds at the beginning of words that are close to each other.
allusion
a reference in literature or in art to previous literature, history, mythology, pop culture/current events, or the bible
ambiguity
quality of being intentionaly unclear
anachronism
an element in a story that is out of its time
analogy
clarifies or explains an unfamiliar concept or object that cannot be put into words by comparing it to something which is familiar
analysis
the process of examining the components of a literary work
anapest
poetic foot measure unaccented accented unaccented
anecdote
a short and often personal story
antagonist
character who functions as a resisting force to the goals of the protagonist
antecedent
word or phrase to which a pronoun refers.
anticlimax
an often dissapointing sudden end to an intense situation
antihero
not your classic hero protagonist.
antithesis
a concept that is directly opposed to a previously presented idea
aphorism
a terse statement that expresses a general truth or moral...folk proverb
apotheosis
elevating someone to the level of a god
archetype
a character, situation, or symbol that is familiar to people from all cultures
assonance
the repeated use of a vowel sound
aubade
a poem or song about lovers who must leave one another early in the morning
ballad
folk song that tells a story passed down orally
blank verse
unrhymed poetry of iambic pentameter
shakespeare
cacophony
harsh discordant sounds unpleasant to the ears
catharsis
emotional cleansing or feeling of releif
chiasmus
reversing of parallel construction so that its no longer parallel
colloquial
local slang
conceit
a far fetched comparison between 2 things
connotation
associations a word brings to mind
consonance
same consonant sound in words with different vowels
couplet
two succesive rhyming lines of the same number of syllables with matching cadence
dactyl
foot of poetry with 3 sylables one stressed two short
denotation
actual meaning without any connotation
deus ex machina
when gods intervene at a story's end
didactic
author's purpose is to instruct
distortion
exaggeration or stretching of truth to achieve a desired effect
enjambment
and...and...and...
epigram
short clever poem
epigraph
brief quotation found at beginning of a literary work
epiphany
eureka
epistolary novel
novel in letter form
euphemism
substitution of an inoffensive word for an offensive one
euphony
pleasant sound
figurative language
uses figures of speech such as metaphor, simile...not straight forward and literal
heroic couplet
rhymed couplet written in iambic pentameter
hubris
tragic flaw