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Denotation
the precise, literal meaning
Aestheticism
reverence for beauty; beauty is more important than instructive content.
Satire
a form of literature that blends wit and ironic humor with directed criticism.
Archetype
A pattern or model of an action, a character, or an image that recurs consistently enough to be considered universal.
Point of View
the vantage point, or stance, from which the story is told.
Utopia
a desirable imaginary society.
Euphemism
the substitution of a mild term for a more offensive one.
Onomatopoeia
the use of words that seem to imitate the sounds they refer to. (Bam, pow, Fizz...)
Syllogism
a form of logical reasoning, consisting of two premises and a conclusion.
Argument
discourse intended to convince or persuade through appeals to reason or emotion.
Didactic
and text whose main purpse is to teach or instruct.
Alliteration
the repetition of the same sounds, usually initial consonants, in neighboring words.
Consonance
the repetition of identical or similar consonants in neighboring words whose vowel sounds are different (e.g. coming home, hot food.)
Connotation
a range of further, straight foward associations that a word or phrase suggests in addition to its original meaning.
Digression
a portion of written work that interrupts or pauses the development of the theme or plot.
Tone
the relection in a work of the author's attitude toward his or her subject.
Characterization
a method to compare two characters.
Reliability
the extent to which a narrator can be believed or trusted.
Allusion
a reference to a well-known event, person, place or artistic work that the author assumes the reader will understand.
Couplet
two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme and that are written to the same meter, or pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables.
Personification
a technique in which inanimate objects are referred to as they were living.
Understatement
a type of verbal irony in which something is far less important that it is.
Genre
a form of classification.
Pedantic
writing that boaders on lecturing.
Voice
the sense a written piece of work conveys to a reader.
Allegory
a story or visual image with a second distint meaning partially hidden behind its literal or visible meaning.
Ambiguity
a word with double or multiple meanings.
Anecdote
a brief narritive of an entertaining incident.
Assonance
the repetition of a similar vowel sound.
Figurative Language
language that contains figures of speach.