poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meter
the tendency to make sound changes for the ease of pronouncing a word
a sentence that has been deliberately structured to place the main point at the end
A character who contrasts and parallels the main character in a play or story. to highlight the qualities of the other character
the most basic unit of a poem's meter; a combination of stressed and unstressed syllables
a noun or pronoun, often with modifiers, set beside another noun or pronoun to explain or identify it.
a short but insightful statement, often in verse form, which communicates a thought in a witty or funny way
a type of sentence in which the main idea is elaborated by the successive addition of modifying clauses or phrases
a narrative, usually featuring animals that behave and speak as human beings, told in order to highlight human folly and weaknesses
A figure of speech that creates heightened effect through deliberate exaggeration
a literary device that can be defined as a foot containing one unaccented and short syllable, followed by a long and accented syllable in a single line of a poem.
in media res
narrating a story from the middle after supposing that the audiences are aware of past events
A technique adopted by writers to present ideas, characters, or places in such a manner that they appeal to more than one sense, like hearing, sight, smell, and touch at a given time
a figure of speech featuring a phrase that utilizes negative wording or terms to express a positive assertion or statement
a figure of speech commonly used to replace a word or phrase that is related to a concept which might make others uncomfortable
A rhetorical device in which the words or phrases are repeated in quick succession, one after another, for emphasis.
that moment in the story where a character achieves realization, awareness, or a feeling of knowledge, after which events are seen through the prism of this new light in the story.
A novel told through the medium of letters by one or more of the characters
The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect
A comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations
A pair of rhyming iambic pentameters
Special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand
A compound expression in Old English and Old Norse poetry with metaphorical meaning
A play or novel containing elements of both comedy and tragedy
An adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned