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diction

style of speaking or writing determined by the choice of words

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elegy

a poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead.

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in medias res

going into the middle of a narrative; without preamble.

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parable

a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson

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situational irony

occurs when incongruity appears between expectations of something to happen, and what actually happens instead.

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double entendre

a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué or indecent.

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epistolary novel

a novel written as a series of documents

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inverted syntax

ccurs when lines do not follow traditional sentence patterns, for example when the subject and verb or the object and subject are reversed.

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paradox

a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory.

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terza rima

a rhyming verse stanza form that consists of an interlocking three-line rhyme scheme

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dramatic irony

understood by the audience but not grasped by the characters in the play

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litotes

ironical understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary (e.g., you won't be sorry, meaning you'll be glad ).

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pun

a form of word play that suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect.

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verbal irony

rony in which a person says or writes one thing and means another, or uses words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of the literal meaning.

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compunction

a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that follows the doing of something bad.