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Rhetorical Terms 5

Ms. Hamon Rhetorical Terms List 5

Loose Sentence A sentence that is grammatically complete (completes the main thought) quickly at the beginning, and then continues to add details.
Periodic Sentence A sentence that, no matter how long, is not grammatically complete until the end.
Caesura A pause, metrical or rhetorical, occurring somewhere in a line of poetry.
Metonymy Metonymy refers to the substitution of one thing for another closely identified thing.
Monologue An extended speech by one person.
Mood The emotions intended to be felt by the reader of a literary work.
Tone The attitude of a writer toward his/her subject.
Motif A usually recurring salient thematic element, especially a dominant or central theme.
Onomatopoeia Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the sound it represents.
Persona Literally a mask. The narrator in a non first-person novel. In a third person novel, even though the author isn’t a character, you get some idea of the author’s personality. However, it isn’t really the author’s personality because the author is manipulat
Paradox Paradox reveals a kind of truth that at first seems contradictory.
Parody A work of art in which the style of author is imitated for comic effect or ridicule.
Personification The attribution of human characteristics to nonhuman things.
Aphorism Aphorism is a brief saying embodying a moral, a concise statement of a principle or precept given in pointed words.
Rhetoric The art of communication, especially persuasive communication.
Created by: Mark Moreno



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