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Allusion

A reference to a person, thing, event, situation, etc./// (the team has been in a batting slump but will live like the Phoenix) (Phoenix in mythology rises from its ashes to rejuvenate and begin again)

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Anachronism

Placing a person or event out of history context/// ( George Washington was driven by limo to the inauguration)

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Anaphora

The regular repetition of the same words or phrases at the beginning of successive phrases of clauses/// ( MLK Jr. - I have a dream speech)

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Allegory

A narrative in which the characters, behavior, and even the setting demonstrate multiple levels of meaning and significance; universal symbol/// (Cupid=chubby angel with a bow and arrows) (Humpty Dumpty= French Revolution)

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Anastrophe

inverted word order for emphasis (yoda talk)/// (glistens the dew upon the morning grass)

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Anecdote

The brief narration of a Single event or incident

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Anthropomorphism

Giving human emotion and attributes to an animal or abstract things/// (my cat cried all day because I left)

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Antithesis

The juxtaposition of sharply contrasting ideas in balanced or parallel words, phrases, grammatical structures, or ideas/// to err is human to forgive is divine

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Aphorism

A concise statement designed to make a point or illustrate a commonly held belief///spare the rod and spoil the child

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Archetype

A symbol, theme, setting, or character type that recurs in different times and places in types of literature/// The quest, dissent to the underworld, death and rebirth

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Asyndeton

A structure in which conjunctions are omitted in a series (veni, vidi, vici)

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Catharsis

The process by which an unhealthy emotional state is corrected and emotional health is restored

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Chiasmus

A figure of speech and generally is syntactical structure where the order of the terms in the first half of clause is reversed in the second half/// you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy

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Cliché

Trite phrase that has become overused/// there's no place like home

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Climax

The point in the story where the problem is resolved in one way or another

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Colloquial

The direction of the common, ordinary folk, especially in a specific region or area/// y'all

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Conflict

The struggle between two opposing forces

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Connotation

The emotional shading society puts a word which somewhat alters the meaning/// House and home

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Convention

And excepted mentor, Model or tradition

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Couplet

Pair of successive rhyming lines of poetry with the same meter

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Denotation

The dictionary definition of a word

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Dialect

The language and speech Idiosyncrasies of a specific area, region, or group/// yall and you all

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Diction

authors word choice

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Elegy

A poem or prose work that meditates upon the death of a person

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Ellipses

The omission of a word or phrase which is grammatically necessary can be deduced from the context/// "hey Ethan.... I made my own quote"

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Erid rhyme

Simple rhyming of words at the end of lines

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Epic

A long poem about the ventures of gods or hero///. The odyssey

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Epitaph

Writing a phrase of a dead person most often is inscribed upon a headstone

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Essay

Prose work that presents a point of view

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Euphemism

In indirect, kinder, or less harsh or hurtful way of expressing unpleasant information/// passed away vs. died

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Flashback

Interruption to show a previous happening

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Foil

A character whose traits are the opposite of another/// Batman and Joker

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Foreshadowing

A hint at future action

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Free verse

A type of poetry without a fixed pattern of rhyme

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Genre

Form of literary work