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Climax
the turning point in the literary work
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Resolution
the end of a literary work when questions are answered and the final fate of the characters is determined
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Alliteration
the repetition of the initial consonant sounds of words
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Allusion
a reference to something well-known that exists outside the literary work
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Assonance
the repetition of vowel sounds
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Caesura
a complete pause in a line of poetry, can be used for a change of tone
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Dialogue
direct speech between the characters
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Figurative Language
non-literal language; includes simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole and symbolism
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Hyperbole
extreme exaggeration to add meaning
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Metaphor
an implied comparison between dissimilar objects without the use of like or as
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Onomatopoeia
use of a word whose sound imitates its meaning
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Oxymoron
a phrase that consists of two words that are contradictory
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Paradox
a statement that seems contradictory but may reveal a truth
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Personification
a figure of speech in which non-living things are given human characteristics
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Satire
literary work in which human voice or folly is attacked through irony or wit
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Sibilance
words that create a hissing sound effect
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Similie
a direct comparison between dissimilar
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Soliloquy
a dramatic device in which a character is alone and speaks his/her thought aloud
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Ambiguous
open to more than one interpretation, not an obvious meaning
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Semantic Field
a lexical set of semantically related items
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Enumeration
the ordered listing of items
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the end of a literary work when questions are answered and the final fate of the characters is determined

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the repetition of the initial consonant sounds of words

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a reference to something well-known that exists outside the literary work

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the repetition of vowel sounds

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