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allegory
characters and actions have meanings outside themselves; abstract qualties
anadiplosis
repetition of the last word of one clause at the beginning of the next clause. I.e. "The crime was common, common be the pain.
anaphora
repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of separate phrases/clauses. I.e. " We shall fight in the trenches, we shall fight on the oceans. We shall fight in the sky."
aphorism
consise statement that's to the point and catchy. I.e. "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise"
apostrophe
figure of speech in which a person, thing, or abstract quality is addressed as if present.
anecdote
breif story or tale told by a character in a piece of lit
asyndeton
ommitting conjunctions. I.e. "He was brave, fearless, afraid of nothing.
begging the question
to sidestep or evade the real problem
bildungsroman
novel or story whose theme is the moral or psychological growth of the main character
canon (canonical)
works of an author accepted to be authentic (Shakespear, Mark Twain)
Chiasmus
order of the terms in the first of parallel clauses is reversed in the second
convention
an accepted manner, model, or tradition
diction
choice of words
didactic
intended for teaching a moral lesson
discourse
formal discussion of a subject
elegy
poem or prose lamenting death
epigraph
quote set at the beginning of a literary work or at its divisions to set the tone or suggest a theme
epistrophe
repetition of a word or words as the end of two or more verses, clauses, sentences
epistolary
lit carried on by letters
epitaph
piece of writing in praise of deceased person
expletive
short word or phrase used to emphasize surrounding words
invective
the use of angry and insulting language in satirical writing
isocolon
parallel structure in which parallel elements are similar in grammatical structure and length. I.e. "An envious heart makes a treacherous ear."
litote
form of understatement to make a statement sound more appealing. I.e. "She is not a bad cook."
metonymy
use of one name to designate something as in "The White House announced today…"
parallelism
I.e. "I have always searched for, but never found the perfect painting for that wall"