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Foreshadowing refers to the hints a writer gives a reader about what’s going to happen next. It’s a common literary device that’s used every day.
“You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar” refers to one’s ability to succeed with sweetness over cruelty or unpleasantness.
Isocolon is a figure of speech. It occurs when a series of sentences or phrases are equal in length and follow one another.
A chapbook is a small book that’s published with around 40 pages. The tradition arose in 16th century Europe, and it’s still popular today.
Symbolism is the use of symbols to represent ideas or meanings. They are imbued with certain qualities often only interpretable through context.
Refrains are used in poems and songs. They are repeated sections of text that usually appear at the end of a stanza or verse.
Zeugma occurs when the writer uses a single word capable of conveying two different meanings at the same time.
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