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  1. ALLITERATION
    repetition of the same or similar consonant sounds in words that are close together.
  2. ALLUSION
    reference to someone or something that is known from history, literature, religion, politics, sports, science, or another branch of culture.
  3. AMBIGUITY
    deliberately suggesting two or more different, and sometimes conflicting, meanings in a work
  4. ANALOGY
    Comparison made between two things to show how they are alike
  5. ANECDOTE
    Brief story, told to illustrate a point or serve as an example of something
  6. APHORISM
    brief, cleverly worded statement that makes a wise observation about life, or of a principle or accepted general truth.
  7. CHARACTERIZATION
    the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character.
  8. INDIRECT CHARACTERIZATION
    the author reveals to the reader what the character is like by describing how the character looks and dresses, by letting the reader hear what the character says, by revealing the character’s private thoughts and feelings, by revealing the characters effect on other people, or by showing the character in action.
  9. DIRECT CHARACTERIZATION
    the author tells us directly what the character is like: sneaky, generous, mean to pets and so on
  10. COLLOQUIALISM
    a word or phrase in everyday use in conversation and informal writing but is inappropriate for formal situations
  11. CONNOTATION
    the associations and emotional overtones that have become attached to a word or phrase, in addition to its strict dictionary definition.
  12. HYPERBOLE
    a figure of speech that uses an incredible exaggeration or overstatement, for effect.
  13. IMAGERY
    the use of language to evoke a picture or a concrete sensation of a person , a thing, a place, or an experience.
  14. JUXTAPOSITION
    poetic and rhetorical device in which normally unassociated ideas, words, or phrases are placed next to one another, creating an effect of surprise and wit
  15. METAPHOR
    a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things without the use of such specific words of comparison as like, as, than, or resembles.
  16. METONYMY
    a figure of speech in which a person, place, or thing, is referred to by something closely associated with it.
  17. MOOD
    An atmosphere created by a writer’s diction and the details selected.
  18. MOTIF
    a recurring image, word, phrase, action, idea, object, or situation used throughout a work, unifying the work by tying the current situation to previous ones, or new ideas to the theme.
  19. POLYSYNDETON
    sentence which uses a conjunction with NO commas to separate the items in a series. Instead of X, Y, and Z...
  20. RHYTHM
    a rise and fall of the voice produced by the alternation of stressed and unstressed syllables in language.
  21. SATIRE
    a type of writing that ridicules the shortcomings of people or institutions in an attempt to bring about a change.
  22. SYMBOL
    a person, place, thing, or event that has meaning in itself and that also stands for something more than itself.
  23. SIMILE
    a figure of speech that makes an explicitly comparison between two unlike things, using words such as like, as , than, or resembles.
  24. THEME
    the insight about human life that is revealed in a literary work.
  25. TONE
    the attitude a writer takes toward the subject of a work, the characters in it, or the audience, revealed through diction, figurative language, and organization.
  26. TRAGEDY
    in general, a story in which a heroic character either dies or comes to some other unhappy end.
  27. MODERNISM
    a term for the bold new experimental styles and forms that swept the arts during the first third of the twentieth century.

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