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Terms-English Language and Composition

Terms – English Language and Composition


 

abbreviation

absurd

absurdism

acronym

adage

aesthetics

affix

allegory

alliteration

allusion

alphabet

amanuensis

ambiguity

anachronistic

anagram

analogy

anaphora

anastrophe

anathema

anecdote

anonymous

antagonist

antecedent

anthropomorphism

antihero

antihero

antimetabolite

antithesis

aphorism

apocalyptic

apology

apostrophe

apposition

arbitrary

archetype

argumentation

aside

assonance

asyndeton

atmosphere

author

author’s purpose

autobiography

avant-garde

axiom

balance

ballad

bard

baroque

base

belletrist

bias

bibliography

bibliophile

bildungsroman

bilingual

biographer

biography

blank verse

blend

bucolic

cacophony

cadence

canon

cant

caricature

catharsis

causal relationship

cause/effect

characterization

characters

chiasmus

chorus

chronicle

circumlocution

citation

classification

clause

cliché

climax

collate

colloquial/colloquialism

colonialism

comedy

comic relief

comment

comparison

competence

complaint

conceit

confession

confessional poetry

confidant

confidante

conflict

connotation

consonance

contrast

copywriter

corpus

couplet

couplet

critic

criticism

curse

cycle

debate

decadent

deduction

denotation

denouement

derivation

description

details

deuteragonist

dialect

dialogue

diary

diction

didactic

digression

direct characterization

dogma

drama

dramatic irony

dramatis personae

dramatist

dynamic character

editor

effect

elegiac

elegy

ellipsis

elocution

eloquence

emphasis

epanalepsis

epic

epigram

epigraph

epilogue

epiphany

epistle

epistrophe

epithet

eponym

equivocation

essay

ethos

etymology

eulogy

euphemism

euphony

exegesis

expletive

explication

exposition

expression

extended metaphor

external conflict

fable

fabulist

faction

falling action

fantasy

farce

feminism

fiction

figurative language

figures of speech

first person

flashback

flat character

flourish

foil

foot

foreshadowing

formal

formula

free verse

generic conventions

genre

glossary

Gothic

hack

hamartia

harangue

hero

heroic journey

heroine

hiatus

hieroglyphics

historical fiction

homily

homonym

homophone

hubris

hyperbole

hypotactic

hypotaxis

iambic pentameter

idiom

imagery

implication

Impressionism

inciting incident

indirection

induction

inference/infer

informal

internal conflict

internal rhyme

invective

inversion

invocation

irony

jive

journalist

juxtaposition

koan

language

lexicon

line

linguist

linguistics

literacy

literati

litotes

local color

logos

loose sentence

lyric poetry

main Idea

maxim

metaphor

meter

metonymy

mixed metaphor

Modernism

mood

morphology

motif

motivation

muse

mystery

myth

mythology

narrative

Naturalism

nemesis

neologism

non-fiction

novel

novelist

objective point of view

onomatopoeia

orthography

oxymoron

parable

paradox

paragraph

parallelism

paratactic sentence

parlance

parody

pathetic fallacy

pathos

pedantic

pen name

performance

periodic sentence

persona

personification

persuasion

Plain style

playwright

plot

poet

poet laureate

poetaster

poetry

point of view

polysyndeton

predict

prose

protagonist

pseudonym

pun

Puritanism

quatrain

Rationalism

Realism

recognition

refrain

Regionalism

Renaissance

repetition

resolution

reversal

rhetoric

rhetorical modes

rhetorical question

rhetorical shift

rhyme

rhyme scheme

rhythm

rising action

romance

Romanticism

round character

sarcasm

satire

scribe

scrivener

second Person

secretary

semantics

setting

shift in point of view

simile

situational irony

soliloquy

sonnet

speaker

stanza

static character

stereotype

stock character

stream of consciousness

structure

style

subject complement

subordinate clause

Surrealism

suspense

syllogism

symbol/symbolism

synecdoche

synesthesia

synopsis

syntactic fluency

syntactic permutation

syntax

tall tale

telegraphic sentence

theme

thesis

third person limited

third person omniscient

tone

tone shift/multiple tones

tragedy

tragic hero

Transcendentalism

transition

tricolon

understatement

unity

verbal irony

vernacular

wit

 

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