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abstract
Having an intellectual and affective artistic content that depends solely on intrinsic form rather than on narrative content or pictorial representation
allegory
The representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form; a symbolic representation; a short moral story
antecedent
The word, phrase, or clause that determines what a pronoun refers to
allusion
An instance of indirect reference
ambiguity
Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation
analogy
Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.
anecdote
A short account of an interesting or humorous incident.
archetype
An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; a prototype
cliche
A trite or overused expression or idea
concrete
Of or relating to an actual, specific thing or instance; particular
connotation
An idea or meaning suggested by or associated with a word or thing
denotation
The most specific or direct meaning of a word, in contrast to its figurative or associated meanings
diction
Choice and use of words in speech or writing; degree of clarity and distinctness of pronunciation in speech or singing; enunciation
dialectic
The art or practice of arriving at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments; the contradiction between two conflicting forces viewed as the determining factor in their continuing interaction
didactic
Intended to instruct; morally instructive
essay
A short literary composition on a single subject, usually presenting the personal view of the author; the part of a play that provides the background information needed to understand the characters and the action.
euphemism
The act or an example of substituting a mild, indirect, or vague term for one considered harsh, blunt, or offensive
expository
A statement or rhetorical discourse intended to give information about or an explanation of difficult material; the part of a play that provides the background information needed to understand the characters and the action
figurative
Based on or making use of figures of speech; metaphorical
genre
A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, marked by a distinctive style, form, or content
hyperbole
A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect
idiom
A speech form or an expression of a given language that is peculiar to itself grammatically or cannot be understood from the individual meanings of its elements
imagery
The use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions, or ideas
inference
The act or process of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true
irony
The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning