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prolepsis
flash-forward
analepsis
flashback
procatalepsis
a figure of speech in which the speaker raises an objection to his own argument and then immediately answers it.
cataphora
used to describe an expression that co-refers with a later expression in the discourse
endophora
an expression that refers to something in the same text
exophora
is reference to something extralinguistic, i.e. not in the same text
iterative
repeating; making repetition; repetitious
bildungsroman
type of novel - development, maturation & education of a young protagonist
erotema
a rhetorical question
trope
a word or expression used in a figurative sense
altiloquent
pretentious
adumbrate
to foreshadow; prefigure.
pharmacopoeia
a book published usually under the jurisdiction of the government and containing a list of drugs, their formulas, methods for making medicinal preparations, requirements and tests for their strength a
ana
a collection of miscellaneous information about a particular subject, person, place, thing or an item from this collection
imprimatur
approval to publish
corpus
collection (of writings)
topos
convention, motif
screed
a lengthy discourse; an informal or ranting piece of writing
koan
A nonsensical or paradoxical question to a student for which an answer is demanded, the stress of meditation on the question often being illuminating.
sumpsimus
adherence to or persistence in using a strictly correct term, holding to a precise practice, etc., as a rejection of an erroneous but more common form
longueur
a tedious passage in a work of literature or performance art.
doggerel
trivial poorly constructed verse
enchiridion
a handbook; manual.
encomium
warm or glowing praise
panegyric
n. formal praise eulogy (p...)
distich
rhyming couplet
parenthetical sentences
sentences of an interval
peroration
a long speech characterized by lofty and often pompous language.
hagiography
the writing of the lives of saints; a biography that treats its subject with undue reverence
reportorial
pertaining to reporting
lede
lead in the newspaper journalism sense
prefatory
introductory; of a preface
grimoires
a textbook of magic
caesura
a break or pause in a line of verse; also, any break or pause.
Lacunae
gap, omitted segment, lack of something
incipit
the first few words of the opening line of a poem, book, song etc.