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connotation
the ideas and emotional overtones that have become attached to a word or phrase
denotation
the literal meaning or dictionary definition of a word
diction
the choice of words a writer makes (vocabulary)
syntax
the way in which sentences are structured
mood
the feeling or atmosphere of a text
narrative
a piece of writing that tells a story
prose
any kind of writing that is not verse
theme
the central idea(s) that a writer explores through a text and often reveals an insight about human life
tone
the emotion that an author takes toward their text
alliteration
the repetition of the same consonant sound, usually at the beginning of syllables and especially at the beginning of words
allusion
reference to another work of literature or sometimes to someone or something that is known in a culture
analogy
a comparison between two situations, people, or objects (metaphors and similes)
anaphora
a form of parallelism in a text in which the same words and/or structures of grammar repeat
hyperbole
extravagant exaggeration or overstatement
imagery
the use of words to create an image in the mind of the reader, usually using the five senses to do so
juxtaposition
a side-by-side comparison of two things or ideas in a text
motif
a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of writing
personification
the attribution of human feelings, emotions, or sensations to a non-human entity
pun
a play on words, a double-entendre
symbol
a concrete object or character that represents one or more abstract concepts