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A literary work in which characters, objects, or actions represent abstractions.
A reference to something literary, mythological, or historical that the author assumes the reader will recognize.
The repetition of words or phrases at the beginning of consecutive lines or sentences.
The word, phrase, or clause to which a pronoun refers.
A concise statement that expresses succinctly a general truth or idea, often using rhyme or balance.
A figure of speech in which one directly addresses an absent or imaginary person, or some abstraction.
A statement consisting of two parallel parts in which the second part is structurally reversed. ("Susan walked in, and out rushed Mary")
Informal words or expressions not usually acceptable in formal writing.
The implied or associative meaning of a word.
The literal meaning of a word.
The word choices made by a writer.
Having the primary purpose of teaching or instructing.
The omission of a word or phrase which is grammatically necessary but can be deduced from the context ("Some people prefer cats; others, dogs")
An indirect, less offensive way of saying something that is considered unpleasant
An expression in a give language that cannot be understood from the lieteral meaning of the words in the expression; or, a regional speech or dialect.
Deriving general principles from particular facts or instances ("Every cat I have ever seen has four legs; cats are four-legged animals).
An expression in which two words that contradict each other are joined.
An apparently contradictory statement that actually contains some truth.
Paradox (Similar to oxymoron)
The use of corresponding grammatical or syntactical forms
Placing two elements side by side to present a comparison or contrast
A type of understatement in which an idea is expressed by negating its opposite (describing a particularly horrific scene by saying, "It was not a pretty picture).
Substitutng the name of one object for another object closely associated with it ("The pen [writing] is mightier than the sword [war/fighting]").
A standard theme, element, or dramatic situation that recurs in various works.
The use of humor to emphasize human weaknesses or imperfections in social institutions.
Using one part of an object to represent the entire object (for example, referring to a car simply as "wheels")