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Allegory

The device of using character and or story elements symbolically to represent an abstraction in addition to the literal meaning. In some allegories, for example, an author may intend the characters to personify an abstraction like hope or freedom. The allegorical meaning usually deals with moral truth or generalization about human existence

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Alliteration

The repetition of sounds, especially initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words. The repetition can reinforce meaning, Unify ideas, and or supply a musical sound

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Allusion

A direct or indirect reference to something which is presumably commonly known, such as an event, book, myth, place, or work of art.

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Ambiguity

The multiple meanings, either intentional or unintentional, of the word, phrase, sentence, or passage

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Analogy

A similarity or comparison between two different things or the relationship between them. An analogy can explain something unfamiliar by associating it with or pointing out it’s similarity to something more familiar

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Antecedent

The word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun.

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Aphorism

A terse statement of known authorship which expresses a general truth or moral principle. And aphorism can be a memorable summation of the authors point

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Apostrophe

A figure of speech that directly addresses and absent or imaginary person or personified abstraction, such as liberty or love. The effect may add familiarity or emotional intensity

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Atmosphere

The emotional mood created by the entirety of a literary work, establish partly by the setting and partly by the authors choice of objects that are described

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Clause

A grammatical unit that contains both a subject and a verb. And independent or main clause expresses a complete thought and can stand alone as a sentence.

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Colloquial/Colloquialism

The use of slang or informalities in speech or writing.

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Conceit

Fanciful expression, usually in the form of an extended metaphor or surprising analogy between seemingly to similar objects. A conceit displays intellectual cleverness due to the unusual comparison being made

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Connotation

The non-literal, associative meaning of a word; the implied suggested meaning

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Denotation

The strict, literal, dictionary definition of a word, devoid of any emotion, attitude, or color

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Diction

Related to style diction refers to the writers word choices, especially with regard to their correctness, clearness, or effectiveness. Diction, combined with syntax, figurative language, literary devices, creates an authors style