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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

“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.

Nonce Word

A nonce word is a made-up word, or lexeme, created by a writer in poetry or fiction. 


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

Pathetic fallacy is used to describe the attribution of human emotions and actions onto non-human things found in nature.

Picaresque Novel

A picaresque novel is a genre of prose fiction that depicts a roughish hero who experiences episodic adventures.

Speaker in Poetry

The speaker in a piece of poetry might be the poet, an imagined character, a creature or even an object.

Deductive Reasoning

Deductive reasoning, also known as top-down logic, is a rhetorical device and a way to build a successful argument.

Historical Fiction

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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