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Alliteration
a sequence of repeating consonantal sounds in a stretch of text
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Authorial comment
an opinion addressed directly by a writer to the reader, intended to guide the reader's response.
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Ballad
a poem that tells a story or describes a series of events....
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Characterisation
the description of the distinctive qualities that a character possesses
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Colloquial language
the kinds of expressions and grammar associated with ordinary everyday language
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Connotation
the ideas, feelings or associations that a word suggests in addition to its primary, literal meaning
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Diction
the language a writer gives to a character, the choice of words in a literary text, also sometimes called lexis or vocabulary
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Dramatic monologue
a poem in which a fictional character addresses the reader directly in his/her own voice, without authorial comment
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Enjambement
an effect in poetry caused when a line is not end-stopped, but the sentence continues to the next line without a grammatical pause or stop
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Extended metaphor
a comparison or image which is developed over several lines in a poem or over several sentences in a narrative.
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Feminist criticism
literary criticism from a feminist viewpoint, focusing on female experience and showing how literature from the past foregrounded male attitudes
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Hyperbole
exaggeration used for effect in a text
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Idiomatic language
language characterised by colloquial or slang expressions
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Imagery
the use of descriptive language, including figures of speech, that draws a mental picture or conveys a sensation; a comparison to describe something through simile, metaphor or personification.
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Juxtaposition
the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect
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Marxist criticism
literary criticism from a Marxist viewpoint, based on the idea that all human behaviour is shaped by social and historical forces and can be interpreted by reference to them
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Omniscient point of view
a third person narrator, telling a story from the outside and knowing both everything that occurs and the internal workings of all characters
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Psychoanalytical criticism
literary criticism based on the theories of the psychologist Sigmund Freud, interpreting human behaviour in terms of the workings of the unconscious mood
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Syntax
the arrangement of words in their appropriate form and in the proper order to achieve phrases, clauses or sentences
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Unreliable narrator
a narrator who has a partial or biased view of the events he/she reports and therefore cannot be trusted by the reader to be objective
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an opinion addressed directly by a writer to the reader, intended to guide the reader's response.

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