detailed examination of the elements or structure of something, typically as a basis for discussion or interpretation.
a person who actively opposes or is hostile to someone or something; an adversary.
the pervading tone or mood of a place, situation, or work of art.
verse without rhyme, especially that which uses iambic pentameter.
the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.
an assertion of the truth of something, typically one that is disputed or in doubt.
the most intense, exciting, or important point of something; a culmination or apex.
a serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one.
an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning.
a way in which something is usually done, especially within a particular area or activity.
the literal or primary meaning of a word, in contrast to the feelings or ideas that the word suggests.
a poem in the form of a speech or narrative by an imagined person, in which the speaker inadvertently reveals aspects of their character while describing a particular situation or series of events.
a literary work or section of a work presenting, usually symbolically, such a moment of revelation and insight.
the part of a literary plot that occurs after the climax has been reached and the conflict has been resolved.
a device in the narrative of a motion picture, novel, etc., by which an event or scene taking place before the present time in the narrative is inserted into the chronological structure of the work.
a character who contrasts with another character (usually the protagonist) in order to highlight particular qualities of the other character.
a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.
visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work.
the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.