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Simile

a comparison of two unlike things using "like" or "as", "then," or "resembles"

(like mourning weeds, dark festoons of seagrass slimily swept to and fro over the name with every hearselike roll of the hull.)

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Imagery

sensory details that make a work vivid- bring it alive- details that appeal to the sense.


(peered into the darkness)
(furtive silver glintings)
(water flowed slowly)
(indolent gurgle)

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Metaphor

implied or stated comparison between two unlike things-- one thing is the other

(a comparison between the plan of life and a sheet)

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Extended Metaphor

a comparison used throughout the work

(Mary is really referencing marijuana)

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Implied Metaphor

does not directly state that one thing is another

("Upon the Burning of Our House" implies that heaven is a beautiful house above built by the mightiest architect-God-but it is never directly stated)

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Dead Metaphor

a comparison has become so commonplace that it seems literal rather than figurative

(foot of a hill)
(head of a class)

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Mixed Metaphor

use of two or more inconsistent metaphors in one expression (makes no sense if taken literary

(the storm of protest was nipped in the butt)

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Allusion

a brief reference to person, event or place (real or fictitious) or to a work of art.

(a cartoon using a caricature of the Mona Lisa)
(a short story set in the present makes a reference to the Coliseum)

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Satire

Employs wit to ridicule a subject

(a cartoon in which people visiting an art museum are admiring what they think is a modern painting (a vent) while two men stand to the side, one saying "I'm not going to be the one to tell 'em its a ventilator cover.)

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Paradox

something that seems self contradictory but which has valid meaning.

(In death there there is life)

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Rhyme

exact repetition of sounds of two or more words.

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Couplet

two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme.

"The sun that brief December day
Rose cheerless over hills of gray"

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Tone

authors attitude toward a subject

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Style

distinctive handling of language

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Conceit

a kind of metaphor that makes a comparison between two STARTLINGLY different things

comparison between cloth-making and God's granting of graces

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Diction

a writers choice of words, particularly for clarity, effectiveness, and precision.

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Iamb

a poetic foot consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.

(within this tomb a Patriot lies)

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Tall Tale

a humorous story that is outlandishly exaggerated

"Pecos Bill" and "Paul Bunyan"

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Heroic Couplet

Pair of rhymed verse lines in iambic pentameter.

"Upon what base was fixed the lathe wherein
He turned this globe and rigolled it so trim"

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Symbolism

Emotionally powerful symbols are used to suggest meaning and mood.