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a general term, referring to a broad concept, as opposed to a term that refers to a specific, particular thing

abstract

2

list of words which embody similar abstract or physical qualities or meanings with the intention to emphasize the common qualities that words hold; also an act of accumulating the scattered points

accumulation

3

a form of hyperbole in which exaggeration is taken to a great extreme where it seems impossible; hyperbole is magnified to such extent that it is completely impossible to occur; in Greek, adunaton, meaning "impractical" or "impossible"

adynaton

4

a symbolic narrative in which the surface details imply a secondary meaning, often taking the form of a story in which the characters represent moral qualities

allegory

5

the repetition of similar consonant sounds in a sentence or line of poetry or prose

alliteration

6

a reference to another work of literature, or to art, history, or current events

allusion

7

in metrical verse, the omission of an unaccented syllable at the beginning of a line

anacrusis

8

a comparison between two things that helps explain or illustrate one or both of them

analogy

9

a metrical foot in a line of a poem that contains three syllables wherein the first two syllables are short and unstressed followed by a third syllable that is long and stressed

anapest

10

repetition of an initial word or words to add emphasis

anaphora

11

any force in a story that is in conflict with the protagonist; may be another person, an aspect of the physical or social environment, or a destructive element in the protagonist's own nature

antagonist

12

a figure of speech in which someone absent or dead, or something nonhuman, is addressed as if it were alive or present and could reply

apostrophe

13

words that were once common but that are no longer used

archaic language

14

literally "the art of poetry;" a form of poetry written about poetry

ars poetica

15

that condition of a successful literary work whereby all its elements work together for the achievement of its central purpose; in an artistically unified work, nothing is included that is irrelevant to the central purpose, nothing is omitted that is essential to it, and the parts are arranged in the most effective order for the achievement of that purpose

artistic utility

16

omission or absence of a conjunction between clauses of a sentence

asyndeton

17

short lesson of life; a concise, expressive observation that contains a general truth

aphorism

18

words spoken by an actor directly to the audience which are not "heard" by the other characters on stage during a play

aside

19

the repetition of similar vowel sounds in a sentence or a line of poetry or prose

assonance

20

aka mood; the feeling created for the reader by a work of literature; can be generated by many things, but especially style, tone, and setting

atmosphere

21

a love lyric in which the speaker complains about the arrival of the dawn, when he must part from his lover

aubade