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LITERARY TERMS THAT ARE HELPFUL TO KNOW

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allusion an indirect reference, often to a character or theme found in some work of literature
anecdote a short autobiographical account or snippet from someone's past, usually humorous
catharsis an emotional cleansing or release of emotional tensions, fears, or pity
euphemism a more pleasant word or phrase that replaces another that is too direct, distasteful, or offensive
hyperbole an exaggeration used to creative an effect
irony an unexpected outcome or un anticipated twist of events presented in literature and in life
metaphor a figurative device in which a direct comparison is made, without using like or as
oxymoron contradictory terms, appearing side by side, used for rhetorical effect
parable a brief story, told or written in order to teach a moral lesson
parody a work that imitates the style of another literary work
pathos the quality of a piece of writing that evokes pity, sympathy, or some other strong emotional response in the reader
prose writing that is not poetry or rhyming verse(i.e.,a novel, play, or essay)
satire a literary work, often humorous, intended to ridicule the public figures, behaviors, or political situations presented or alluded to in the work
vignette a brief descriptive passage in writing
Created by: ksporter