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Cliche
A trite or overused phrase or expression
Legend
An unverified story handed down through time; a myth
Parable
A brief tale that teaches a lesson or a moral truth
Rhyme
Words that have identical sound
Apostrophe
A figure of speech (rhetorical device) in which a speaker or writer addresses an absent person or inanimate object
Fable
Legendary story of supernatural happenings intended to teach a lesson or moral
Man vs. nature
A conflict that pits man against the forces of nature
Novel
A lengthy prose fiction, which deals with human experiences; longer than a short story; a book
Paraphrase
A restatement of a text given in different words
Romanticism
Writing that shows life as we aspire it to be rather than as it really is
Stock character
A character that is the same in every story. E.g. "town drunk"
Third person narration
"He"; the narrator speaks about the third person in the narrative
Pathos
"Greek suffering"; quality that simulates pity, sorrow, sympathy or compassion in the reader
Refrain
A part of a stanza consisting of one or more lines that are repeated in a regular pattern of a poem
Aphorism
A brief statement that expresses the general truth about life; e.g., "the better part of the valor is discretion".
Character
A person in the story
Dialect
Distinctive variety of language spoken of a particular place; slang
Free verse
Poetry written without regular pattern of rhyme or meter
Mood
The feeling or atmosphere the writer creates for the reader at any time in the story
Idiom
Language peculiar to a region or group
Naturalism
The concept that man is at the mercy of nature
Prologue
The preface of play
Parody
A work that imitates, mocks, or burlesques another usually serious work
Suspense
A state of mental uncertainty or excitement about the outcome
Tone
An author's attitude toward his work
Caricature
A cartoon; an exaggeration by means of ludicrous distortion
Assonance
Repetition of a vowel within a word
Drama
Genre of literature that develops plot and character through dialogue and action; plays
Meter
Repetition of regular, rhythmic units in a line of poetry
Incident
One minor event in a story