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allusion

indirect or passing reference to some event, person, place, or artistic work, the nature and relevance of which is not explained but relies on the reader’s familiarity with what is thus mentioned

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ambiguity

something of doubtful meaning; an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context, may have more than one meaning

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anachronism

representation of someone as existing or something as happening in other than chronological, proper, or historical order

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aphorism

brief statement which expresses an observation on life, usually intended as a wise observation

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invective

abuse (tongue-lashing, diatribe, condemnation)

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juxtaposition

placing two things side by side, usually to show contrast

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malapropism

an incorrect usage of a word, usually with comic effect

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rhetorical question

a question posed by the speaker or writer not to seek an answer but instead to affirm or deny a point simply by asking a question about it

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sensory detail

an item used to appeal to the sense (sight, taste, touch, etc)

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shift

general term in linguistics for any slight alteration in a word’s meaning, or the creation of an entirely new word by changing the use of an expression

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tone

writer’s attitude toward his reader and his subject; his mood or moral view; formal, informal, playful, ironic, optimistic, pessimistic

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point of view

way the events of a story are conveyed to the reader; “vantage point” from which the narrative is passed from author to the reader; first-person, omniscient, limited

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theme-thesis

message conveyed by a literary work

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voice

textual feature, such as diction and sentence structure, that convey a writer’s or speaker’s persona