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Allegory Story with a double meaning: one primary (on the surface) and one secondary. Allusion A subtle or indirect reference to another thing, text, historical period, or religious belief. Alliteration Repetition of consonants at the start of words or in a sentence or phrase. Anaphora Intentional repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several clauses, sentences or paragraphs. Anthropomorphism The attributing of human qualities to animals Assonance The repetition of a vowel sound or a similar vowel sound Blank Verse A form of verse which does not rhyme but has a regular rhythm. Cliché An over-used, common expression. Colloquial Language Language that uses the terms of informal, conversational speech Connotative Language Words which convey an opinion or emotions. Consonance Repetition of consonants throughout a sentence or phrase. Contrast Paradox, antithesis, oxymoron, juxtaposition, contrast in description etc. Convention An established technique or practice, often one we accept without even thinking about it. Didactic Any text that instructs the reader or is obviously delivering a moral message. Disjunction A conjunction (e.g. ‘but’ or ‘yet’) that dramatically interrupts the rhythm of the sentence.

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