cacophony
Harsh, discordant sounds, unpleasant to the ear. “fingers on a chalkboard”

cadence
the natural rythmic rise and fall of a language as it is normally spoken

carpe diem
“seize the day” expresses the idea that you only live each day once

catharsis
emotional cleansing feeling of relief

chlasmus
the opposite of parallel construction; inverting the second of two phrases that would other wise be in parallel form

colloquial
of or relating to slang or regional dialect, used in farmiliar everyday conversation. In writing, an informal style that reflects the way people spoke in a distinct time or place

comic relief
humor that provides a relief of tension “the nurses speeches in R&J and the grave digging scene in hamlet”

conceit
a far-fetched comparison between two seemingly unlike things; an extended metaphor that gains its appeal from the unusual “flea to a marraige bed”

connotation
associations a word brings to mind; home-warmth and security

consonance
same conconant sound in words with different vowel sounds “tick-tock ping-pong”

conventional character
a character with traits that are expected and traditional. female-wants love, men-adventerous “wear the pants of the family”

couplet
two successive rhyming lines of the same ayllables with matching cadence

dactyl
foot of poetry with three syllables, one stressed and then two unstressed “waltz-ish beat”

denotation
the dictionary or literal meaning of a word “home=house

denouement
the outcome or clarification at the end of the story, the winding down from the climax to the ending

deus ex machina
litteraly when god intervenes and solves an unsolvable conflict…the quick and unexplained solution to a problem that can’t be solved

diction
the deliberate choice of a style of language for a desired effect or tone. Words chosen to achieve a particular effect of formal informal or colloquial

didactic
the authors primary purpose is to teach or moralize. “Fables”

distortion
exaggeration or streatching of the truth to achieve a desired effect.

elegy
a poem of mourning, usually about someone who has died

enjambment
in poetry, the running over of a sentence from one verse or stanza to another without stopping

epigram
a short clever poem with a witty turn of thought.

epigraph
short quotation at the beginning of a literary work that suggests theme “twilight-fire and ice”

epithet
commonly used descriptive word or phrase used to chracterize a person or thing. , can be damaging or abusive “big apple for new york, four eyes for kid with glasses

epiphany
eureka moment. sudden flash of insight