a particular study of something
analysis
an expression including the words "like" or "as" to compare one thing with another
simile
an expression that describes a person or object by referring to something that is considered to possess similar characteristics
metaphor
the last two lines in a Shakespearean sonnet that changes the readers outlook of the poem
Volta
a type of usually humorous expression in which you say the opposite of what you intend
irony
the description of an object or an idea as if it had human characteristics
personification
a way of speaking or writing that makes someone or something sound much bigger, better, smaller, worse, more unusual, etc., than they are
hyperbole
the exact opposite, or opposition of the thesis
antithesis
the repetition of consonants at the beginning of two or more words, as in "live and learn"
alliteration
the use of similar sounds, esp. vowels, in two or more words, as in "mellow wedding bells"
assonance
a combination of sounds or musical notes that are pleasant when heard together
consonance
explaining or describing an event or situation in writing
expository
expresses the writer's attitude toward the subject or the reader
tone
intended to seem important or influence people
rhetorical
the act of combining different ideas or things to make a whole that is new and different from the items considered separately
synthesis
, in grammar, a situation in which two nouns or noun phrases are used to refer to the same person or thing
appositive
a belief or opinion that you develop from the information that you know
inference
to state something written or spoken in different words, esp. in a shorter and simpler form to make the meaning clearer
paraphrase
a feeling or idea that is suggested by a word in addition to its basic meaning, or something suggested by an object or situation
connotation
the topic of discussion or writing or the main idea of a work of literature or art
theme
an expression of opinion, or the right to express an opinion
voice
the use of pictures or words to create images, esp. to create an impression or mood
imagery
a piece of writing or music that copies the style of a serious piece in a way that is intentionally humorous
parody
the voice in which a story is told and its relationship to the events in the story
point of view
to put things or people next to each other, esp. in order to compare them
juxtaposition
to suggest the happening of a future event
foreshadow
the naming of something with a word whose sound suggests the thing itself, such as "buzz" and "zip"
onomatopoeia
the manner in which words are pronounced
diction
in a written work is the passages which explain where events take place, what happened before the story begins, and the background of the characters
exposition
an important character in a story or play; usually the good guy
protagonist
a person who opposes or disagrees with the protagonist; usually the bad guy
antagonist

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