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sarcasm


A form of verbal irony, expressing sneering, personal disapproval in the guise of praise. (Oddly enough, sarcastic remarks are often used between friends, perhaps as a somewhat perverse demonstration of the strength of the bond--only a good friend could say this without hurting the other's feelings, or at least without excessively damaging the [..]
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adventure novel


A novel where exciting events predominate over characterization and sometimes theme. Examples: H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines
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utopian novel


A novel that presents an ideal society where the problems of poverty, greed, crime, and so forth have been eliminated. Examples: Thomas More, Utopia
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allegory


"A form of extended metaphor in which objects and persons in a narrative, either in prose or verse, are equated with meanings that lie outside the narrative itself. Thus it represents one thing in the guise of another--an abstraction in that of a concrete image. The characters are usually personifications of abstract qualities....&quot [..]
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alliteration


The recurrence of initial consonant sounds. The repetition can be juxtaposed (and then it is usually limited to two words): Ah, what a delicious day!
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allusion


A causal and brief reference to a famous historical or literary figure or event: You must borrow me Gargantua's mouth first. 'Tis a word too great for any mouth of this age's size. --Shakespeare
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anadiplosis


A rhetorical trope formed by repeating the last word of one phrase, clause, or sentence at or very near the beginning of the next. It can be generated in series for the sake of beauty or to give a sense of logical progression: Pleasure might cause her read, reading might make her know,/ Knowledge might pity win, and pity grace obtain. . . . --Phili [..]
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analogy


The comparison of two things, which are alike in several respects, for the purpose of explaining or clarifying some unfamiliar or difficult idea or object by showing how the idea or object is similar to some familiar one. While simile and analogy often overlap, the simile is generally a more artistic likening, done briefly for effect and emphasis, [..]
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anaphora


The repetition of the same word or words at the beginning of successive phrases, clauses, or sentences, commonly in conjunction with climax and with parallelism: To think on death is misery,/ To think on life it is a vanity,/ To think on the world verily it is,/ To think that here man hath no perfect bliss. --Peacham
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antimetabole


Reversal of the order of repeated words or phrases (a loosely chiastic structure, AB-BA) to intensify the final formulation, to present alternatives, or to show contrast: All work and no play is as harmful to mental health as all play and no work.
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