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vignette
any brief composition or self-contained passage
personification
a figure of speech by which animals, abstract ideas, or inanimate objects are referred to with human qualities
satire
a mode of writing that exposes the failings of individuals, institutions, or societies to ridicule or scorn
short story
fiction, no specified length but not long enough to be published on its own, single event, 1 or 2 characters, condenced commentary
poem
language changed, sung, spoken, or written according to some patter of reccurence that emphasizes relationship between words
theme
asaliant abstract idea that emerges from a literary work's treatement of its own subject matter
plot
the patter of events and situations in a narrative or dramatic work
tone
a term usually designating the mood or atmosphere of a work, although in some more restricted uses it refers to the author's attitude toward the reader or to the subject matter
acrostic
a poem in which the initial letters of each line can be read down the page to spell either an alphabet, name, or some other secret message
spoonerism
a phrase in which the initial consonants of two words have been swapped over
alliteration
the repitition of the same sounds usually initial consonants of words
anachronism
misplacing of any person, place, thing, custom, or event
consonance
the repitition of identical or similar consonants in neighboring words whose vowel sounds are different
climax
any moment of great intensity in a literary work especially in drama
synopsis
a breif summary of a work, plot, or argument
apostrophe
a figure in which the speaker addresses a dead or absent person
idiom
a phrase that cannot be translated literally into another language because its meaning is not equivalent to that of its component words
unreliable narrator
a narrator whose account of events is not trustworthy
protagonist
the chief character in a play or story
antagonist
the most prominent of the characters who oppose the protagonish or hero or heroine in a dramatic work
verisimilitude
the symblance of trugh or reality in literary works
simile
comparison using the words "like" or "as"
metaphor
a figure of speech in which a comparison is made without using "like" or "as"
excursus
a degression in which some point is discussed at length
circumlocution
the roundabout manner of referring to something at length rather than naming it briefly and directly
muse
a source of inspiration to a poet or other writer usually represented as a female deity
poetic justice
morally reassuring allocation of happy and unhappy fates to virtues and viscious characters
diction
the choice of words used in a literary work