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The repetition of accented consonant sounds at the beginning of words that are close to each other, usually to create an effect, rhythm, or emphasis.
Alliteration
Big, bad, barking dog
A reference in literature or in art to previous literature, history, mythology, pop culture/current events, or the Bible.
Allusion
Quality of being intentionally unclear. Quality of being able to be interpreted in more than one way.
Ambiguity
An element in a story that is out of its time frame.
Anachronism
The appearance of clocks in Julius Caesar
The process of examining the components of a literary work.
Analysis
The poetic measure that follows the pattern unaccented, unaccented, accented.
Anapest
I am *mon*arch of *all* I sur*vey*
A short and often personal story used to emphasize a point, to develop a character or a theme, or to inject humor.
Anecdote
A character who functions as a resisting force to the goals of the protagonist.
Antagonist
Villain
The word or phrase to which a pronoun refers. It often precedes a pronoun in prose
Antecedent
A protagonist who carries the action of the literary biece but does not embody the classic characteristics of courage, strength, and nobility.
Antihero
Yossarian in Catch-22
An often disappointing, sudden end to an intense situation.
Anticlimax
A protagonist who carries the action of the literary piece but does not embody the classic characteristics of courage, strength, and nobility.
Antihero
A concept that is directly opposed to a previously presented idea.
Antithesis
A terse statement that expresses a general truth or moral principle; sometimes considered a folk proverb.
Aphorism
"Early to be, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise"
A rhetorical figure of direct address to a person, object or abstract entity.
Apostrophe
"Death, be not proud" or Antony's address to the dead Caesar.
Elevating someone to the level of a god
Apotheosis
Helen of Troy is considered the apotheosis of beauty.
A character, situation, or symbol that is familiar to people rom all cultures because it occurs frequently in literature, myth, religion, or folklore.
Archetype
A short speech or remark made by an actor to the audience rather than to the other characters, who do not hear him or her.
Aside
Shakespeare's characters often share their thoughts with us in this way.
The repeated use of a vowel sound.
Assonance
How now brown cow
The author's feelings toward the topic he or she is writing about.
Attitude or Tone
A poem or song about lovers who must leave one another in the early hours of the morning.
Aubade
A folk song or poem passed down orally that tells a story which may be derived from an actual incident or from legend or folklore. Usually composed in four-line stanzas with the rhyme scheme "abcb".
Ballad
Unrhymed poetry of iambic pentameter
Blank Verse
Favored technique of Shakespeare.
Harsh, discordant sounds, unpleasant to the ear.
Cacophony
Like the sound of nails scratching a blackboard.
Latin for "seize the day"; expresses the idea that you only go around once; refers to the modern saying that "life is not a dress rehearsal."
Carpe Diem
An often disappointing, sudden end to an intense situation.
Anticlimax
A protagonist who carries the action of the literary piece but does not embody the classic characteristics of courage, strength, and nobility.
Antihero
A concept that is directly opposed to a previously presented idea.
Antithesis
A terse statement that expresses a general truth or moral principle; sometimes considered a folk proverb.
Aphorism
"Early to be, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise"
A rhetorical figure of direct address to a person, object or abstract entity.
Apostrophe
"Death, be not proud" or Antony's address to the dead Caesar.
Elevating someone to the level of a god
Apotheosis
Helen of Troy is considered the apotheosis of beauty.
A character, situation, or symbol that is familiar to people rom all cultures because it occurs frequently in literature, myth, religion, or folklore.
Archetype
A short speech or remark made by an actor to the audience rather than to the other characters, who do not hear him or her.
Aside
Shakespeare's characters often share their thoughts with us in this way.
The repeated use of a vowel sound.
Assonance
How now brown cow
The author's feelings toward the topic he or she is writing about.
Attitude or Tone
A poem or song about lovers who must leave one another in the early hours of the morning.
Aubade
A folk song or poem passed down orally that tells a story which may be derived from an actual incident or from legend or folklore. Usually composed in four-line stanzas with the rhyme scheme "abcb".
Ballad
Unrhymed poetry of iambic pentameter
Blank Verse
Favored technique of Shakespeare.
Harsh, discordant sounds, unpleasant to the ear.
Cacophony
Like the sound of nails scratching a blackboard.
Latin for "seize the day"; expresses the idea that you only go around once; refers to the modern saying that "life is not a dress rehearsal."
Carpe Diem