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ABSTRACT NOUN
refers to ideas, processes, occasions, times,
qualities that cannot be touched or seen.




ADJECTIVE
gives more information about or describes a
noun or pronoun




ADVERB
gives more information about (modifies) a verb,
an adjective, another adverb, or a sentence.




ALLEGORY
a narrative in which people, objects and events…

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ALLITERATION
the repetition of the same or similar sounds at
the beginnings of words in a line / phrase: "What
would the world be, once bereft / Of wet and
wildness?" (Hopkins, `Inversnaid')




ALLUSION
Usually an implicit reference to another work of
literature or art, a person or an event.…

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of a much earlier period out of date or
oldfashioned language no longer in everyday
use.




ASSONANCE
the repetition or a pattern of similar vowel
sounds that occur close together:
"Thou still unravished bride of quietness, / Thou
foster child of silence and slow time"
(`Ode to a Grecian Urn',…

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BLANK VERSE
poetry that is written in unrhymed iambic
pentameter. Shakespeare wrote most of his
plays in blank verse.




CAESURA
a break or pause in a line of poetry, dictated,
usually, by the natural rhythm of the language.




CHARACTERISATION
the description or portrayal of a person by an
actor or…

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COLLECTIVE NOUN
refers to a group of people or things as a single
unit, e.g. `team'.




COLLOQUIAL
informal language.




CONCEIT
a fairly elaborate figurative device of a fanciful
kind that often incorporates metaphor, simile,
hyperbole or oxymoron and which is intended to
surprise and delight by its wit and ingenuity.…

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CONJUNCTION
a connective that links sentences, clauses,
phrases, or words, e.g. `and', `but', `if'




CONNOTATION
implied additional meaning(s) associated with or
suggested by particular lexis




CONSONANCE
the repetition of similar consonant sounds,
especially at the ends of words, as in lost and
past or confess and dismiss.




CONTEXT

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refers to the different factors or circumstances
that surround and influence a particular text
social, historical and cultural.




COUPLET
in a poem, a pair of lines that are the same length
and usually rhyme and form a complete thought.
Shakespearean sonnets usually end in a couplet.




CULTURAL CONTEXT
refers to…

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DENOTATION
the most specific or literal meaning of a word
(dictionary definition) as opposed to its figurative
senses or connotations




DEVICES
the narrative, literary and linguistic techniques
used by a writer.




DIALOGUE
conversation between two or more people.




DYNAMIC VERB
a verb that relates to action.

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DICTION
a way of speaking (pronunciation) a way or style
of using words and phrases the range of
vocabulary used by a writer.




DRAMATIC IRONY
The audience understands the implication and
meaning of a situation, or what is being said, but
the characters don't common in tragedy and
comedy.




DRAMATIC…

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ELLIPSIS
(Greek "leaving out") A figurative device where a
word (or several words) is/are left out in order to
achieve more compact expression. (Modern
poets like Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden
use the device frequently.)




ELEGY
A poem that laments the death of a person, or
one that…

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