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Grammar Definitions: Advanced VIII


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digression
the portion of discourse that wanders or departs from the main subject or topic
Dionysian
as distinguished from Apollonian, the word refers to sensual, pleasure–seeking impulses
dramatic irony
a circumstance in which the audience or reader knows more about a situation that a character
elegy
a poem or prose selection that laments or meditates on the passing or death of someone or something of value, "elegaic"
elliptical construction
a sentence containing a deliberate omission of words
empathy
a feeling of association or identification with an object or person
epic
a narrative poem that tells the adventures and exploits of a hero
epigram
a concise but ingenious, witty, and thoughtful statement
epithet
an adj or phrase that expresses a striking quality of a person or thing
eponymous
a term for the title character of a work of lit
exegesis
a detailed analysis or interpretation of a work of prose or poetry
expose
a piece of writing that reveals weaknesses, faults, frailties, or other shortcomings
explanation
the interpretation or analysis of a text
extended metaphor
a series of comparisons b/w two unlike objects
fable
a short tale often with nonhuman characters from which a useful lesson may be learned
fallacy, fallacious reasoning
an incorrect belief or supposition based on faulty data, defective evidence, or false information
fantasy
a story containing unreal, imaginary features
farce
a comedy that contains an extavagant and nonsensical disgrgard of seriousness, although it may have a serious, scornful purpose
figure of speech, figurative language
in contrast to literal language, figurative language implies meanings
frame
a structure that provides a premise or setting for a narrative or other discouse
genre
a term used to describe literary forms, sush as novel, play and essay
harangue
a forceful sermon, lecture, or tirade
homily
a forceful sermon on a religious or moral theme meant to guide human behavior
hubris
excessive pride that often affects tone
humanism
a belief that emphasizes faith and optimism in human potential and creativity