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In the bestselling mystery novel The DaVinci Code, author Dan Brown names a character Manuel Aringarosa. For the discerning reader—or the Italian-speaking reader, at least— thi...

Apr 26, 2019

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If you’ve ever dug into the social science of the twenty-first century, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with Malcolm Gladwell. Through his books, articles, podcasts, and t...

Apr 26, 2019

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Anachronisms are an error of chronology that makes audiences raise their eyebrows or do a double-take. Learn about the use of anachronism in writing.

Apr 26, 2019

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It’s a familiar feeling: Minute 59 of an hour-long television episode and the protagonist is about to face the villain—and the episode cuts to black, ending with “to be continue...

Apr 26, 2019

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Satire is so prevalent in pop culture that most of us are already very familiar with it, even if we don’t always realize it. Satire can be part of any work of culture, art or en...

Apr 26, 2019

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Remember the first time you read or watched Romeo and Juliet? The tragic ending of this iconic story is an embodiment of dramatic irony: The audience knows that the lovers are e...

Apr 26, 2019

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As a literary device, irony is often misunderstood. Although many of us learn about irony in our high school English classes through works of theater like Shakespeare’s Romeo an...

Apr 26, 2019

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A poem can contain many elements to give it structure. Rhyme is perhaps the most common of these elements: countless poetic works, from limericks to epic poems to pop lyrics, co...

Apr 26, 2019

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Allegory is a literary device used to express large, complex ideas in an approachable manner. Allegory allows writers to create some distance between themselves and the issues t...

Apr 26, 2019

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