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Allegory
Story where the characters are abstractions/events, settings are symbols
Alliteration
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
Allusion
Reference to a well-known person, literary work
Analogy
An extended metaphor, a comparison of two things not considered
Antithesis
Contrast of opposite thoughts
Aphorism
Brief Statement of a general truth
Apostrophe
Figure in speech where speaker directly adresses an absent person, an object, or an idea
Archetype
A universal symbol that exists on an unconsious level.
Argument
Discourse where writer presents and supports a particular opinion. It uses devices of logic.
Colloquialism
Informal words or expresions not usualy acceptable in formal writing
Conceit
unusual or far-fetched comparison
Connotation
The suggested or implied meaning of a word
Description
one of the four modles of discourse that describes people, places and things
Dirge
mournful poem
Denotation
the direct, specific meaning of a word
Epigram
brief statement of general truth, usually expressed poetically
Epithet
a descriptive name
Exposition
one of the four models of discourse, used to present information
Fable
brief story with animal characters
Genre
major categegory or type of literature
Hyperbole
a deliberate exageration or overstatement
Inversion
reversal of nomal word order
Irony
a contrast between what is stated and what is ment
Metaphor
figure of speech compares 2 things withou like or as
Narration
mode of discoure that tells a story
Onomatopoeia
a word formed from the imitation of natural sounds
oxymoron
figure of speech that combines 2 opposing ideas
Paradox
a statement that seems to be contradictory, but on closer consideration, is true
Parrallelsm
the repetition of a gramatical structure
Paradoy
humorous imitation of a literary work
Pathetic Fallacy
figure of speech that attributes human feelings to inanimate things
personification
figure of speech-non-human subject is given human qualaties
persuasion
mode of discourse that attempts to convince the reader
Rhetoric
the study of speaking and writing as a means of persuasion
Rhetorical question
a question that is asked to emphasize an idea
Satire
writing taht ridicules or criticizes
Similie
figure of speech uses like or as to create a comparison
Syllogism
form of reasoning-2 premises and a logical conclusion
Symbol
anything that stands for something else
Understatement
saying less than is actually ment, usually in an iroic way