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Allegory A extended metaphor in which the objects or characters represent stuff outside the story
Allusion a reference to a famous work
Alliteration Repeating the same letter in a sentence
Analogy A comparison between two things for an explanation
Anaphora The use of a word referring to a another word already used earlier in the sentence.
Anecdote A short narrative giving details of an interesting event
Anticlimax a disappointing end.
Aphorism The truth
Apostrophe a figure of speech in which some absent thing is addressed as if present of understanding
Approximate rhyme Same vowel sound
Assonance Repetition of the sound of a vowel
Ballad Song narrating a story in short stanzas
Biography A story of someone’s life written by someone else
Catharsis The process of releasing
Climax The main events of the story
Comedy A lighter dorm of drama
Conflict Problems
Consonance Agreement between opinions or actions.
Couplet 2 lines of verses that are joined by rhymes
Description A detailed explanation
Denouement The resolution
Drama an emotional series of events
Enjambment the continuation of a sentence without pause.
Epitaph A statement written in memory who is ded.
Exposition Introduce background information about events, settings, characters etc. to the audience or readers.
Feminine a rhyme between stressed syllables followed by one or more unstressed syllables
Fiction Fake
Foreshadowing Hints at something that will happen later in the story
Hyperbole Exaggerated phrase
Imagery Visually descriptive language
Irony A broad term referring to the difference between reality and appearance
Juxtaposition The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect
Lyric Expressing the writer's emotion
Melodrama A dramatic piece with exaggerated characters.
Metaphor A comparison between two items without like or as.
Metonymy A figure of speech in which one word or phase is substituted for another with which it is closel
Narration The action of narrating a story
Non-fiction Not fake
Ode Lyric poem in the form of an address to a particular subject, often elevated in style or manner
Onomatopoeia The use of words whose pronunciation suggest their meaning
Oxymoron Figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear side by side
Paradox It is a statement that appears to be self-contradictory or silly but may include a latent truth.
Parallelism Parts of the sentence are grammatically the same, or are similar in construction.
Personification Giving human characteristics to non living/nonhuman things
Persuasion The action of persuading
Quatrain A stanza of four lines, especially one having alternate rhymes
Rhyme Same sound between words
Simile Comparison using like or as
Slant rhyme A type of rhyme formed by words with similar but not identical sounds
Symbol The use of one object or action to represent or suggest something else
Synecdoche A figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa
Tercet A set or group of three lines of verse rhyming together.
Tragedy A drama which recounts the events of the life of an important person and has an unhappy ending
Setting a time or place
Sarcasm a mocking statement
Resolution The events that follow the climax called Falling Action
Repetition rewording the same idea
Litotes A figure of speech consisting of an understanding in which an affirmative is expressed by negating its oppisite
Masculine Rhyme A rhyme on a single stressed syllable at the end of a line of poetry
Enjambment A phrase, a clause, or a sentence in a line of poetry doesn't finish at the line break but spills over into the next line
Cliche A expression used so long and often that it's freshness and clarity has worn off
Character A person in a story
Antithesis A figure of speech characterized by strongly contrasting words, clauses, sentences, or ideas
Theme The central idea
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