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Jargon is the use of phrases and words that are specific to a situation, trade, a selective group, or a profession.
The rising action comes after the exposition and before the climax. It includes the complicating or inciting incident.
A tricolon is a group of three similar phrases, words, clauses, or sentences. They are parallel in their length, rhythm, and/or structure.
Syncope refers to a literary device that involves the shortening of a word by removing or omitting letters.
Setting is when and where a story takes place. This could be a real place or someone completely fictional,
Arcadia, in poetry, is a term that refers to an idealized, unspoiled natural landscape. It is a utopia and perfect in every way.
An epigraph, in literature, is a phrase, quote, or any short piece of text that comes before a longer document (a poem, story, book, etc).
Litotes is a figure of speech that includes a phrase in which a negative word is used in order to express something positive.
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