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Allegory 1 The representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters figures or events in narrative dramatic or pictorial form 2 A story picture or play employing such representation John Bunyans Pilgrims Progress and Herman Melvilles Moby Dick are allegories 2 A symbolic representation The blindfolded figure with scales is an allegory of justice Alliteration The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables as in on scrolls of silver snowy sentences Hart Crane Modern alliteration is predominantly consonantal certain literary traditions such as Old English verse also alliterate using vowel sounds Allusion 1 The act of alluding indirect reference Without naming names the candidate criticized the national leaders by allusion 2 An instance of indirect reference an allusion to classical mythology in a poem Ambiguity Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation leading a life of alleged moral ambiguity Anatole Broyard Something of doubtful meaning a poem full of ambiguities Antagonist One who opposes and contends against another an adversary The principal character in opposition to the protagonist or hero of a narrative or drama Apostrophe The direct address of an absent or imaginary person or of a personified abstraction especially as a digression in the course of a speech or composition Archetype 1 An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned a prototype Frankenstein Dracula Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde the archetypes that have influenced all subsequent horror stories New York Times 2 An ideal example of a type quintessence an archetype of the successful entrepreneur Aside 1To or toward the side step aside 2Out of ones thoughts or mind put my doubts aside 3Apart a day set aside for relaxing 4In reserve away
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