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anachronism
an element in a story that is out of its time frame, sometimes for humor or jarring (can also be from carelessness or bad research)
anapest
the poetic foot (measure) that follows the pattern unaccented, unaccented, accented. poet usually trying to convey moving rhythm with this pattern
antihero
a protagonist who carries the action of the literary piece but does not embody the classic characteristics of courage, strength, and nobility
apostrophe
a rhetorical figure of direct address to a person, object, or abstract entity
apotheosis
elevating someone to the level of a god
archetype
a character, situation, or symbol that is familiar to people from all cultures because it occurs frequently in literature, myth, religion, or folklore
assonance
the repeated use of a vowel sound
aubade
a poem/song abt lovers who must leave one another in the early hrs of the morning
ballad
folk song or poem passed down orally that tells a story (could be real, legend, or folklore), usually in quatrains w/abcb rhyme and refrain
blank verse
unrhymed poetry of iambic pentameter, favorite of Shakespeare
catharsis
emotional cleansing or feeling of relief
chiasmus
inverting the second of two phrases that would otherwise be in parallel form
colloquial
slang/regional dialect; in writing an informal style that reflects a distinct time/place
conceit
far-fetched comparison between 2 seemingly unlike things; extended metaphor w/unusual/extraordinary comparison
consonance
same consonant sound in words with diff vowel sounds (like work, stack, ark, belong, among)