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Atmosphere is a literary technique that is concerned with the feeling readers get from the elements of a narrative.
“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch” means don’t act on a good outcome that hasn’t actually occurred yet.
Intertextuality is a feature of a text that references another text. It reflects upon the latter and uses it as a reference for the new written work.
Enumeration is a rhetorical device that occurs when a writer chooses to list out items, events, ideas, or other parts of a story/setting.
Pathetic fallacy is used to describe the attribution of human emotions and actions onto non-human things found in nature.
A picaresque novel is a genre of prose fiction that depicts a roughish hero who experiences episodic adventures.
The speaker in a piece of poetry might be the poet, an imagined character, a creature or even an object.
Deductive reasoning, also known as top-down logic, is a rhetorical device and a way to build a successful argument.
Historical Fiction is a genre that fictionalizes real places, people, and events. It takes place in the past with accurate historical details in regard to customs, technologies, people, and events.
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