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In day-to-day life, there are often wide gaps between what people say and what they are thinking. These gaps can collectively be referred to as subtext—and they are valuable ter...

Apr 29, 2019

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Pastoral poetry is known for exploring the relationship between humans and nature, and for romanticizing the ideals of a simple country life. The enduring popularity of the past...

Apr 29, 2019

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A cliffhanger is a plot device in which a component of a story ends unresolved, usually in a suspenseful or shocking way, in order to compel audiences to turn the page or return...

Apr 29, 2019

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From Melville and Tolkien, voluminous tales of ancient heroes embarking on lengthy journeys are common in prose literature. But before they were documented in prose, these lengt...

Apr 29, 2019

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An allusion is a popular literary device. Allusions are used to develop characters, frame storylines, and help create associations to well-known works. Allusions can reference a...

Apr 28, 2019

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Storytelling has one ambition at its core: to capture your reader’s attention and keep them engaged with your story until the end. Foreshadowing is a valuable literary technique...

Apr 28, 2019

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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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Imagine reading a story about a caveman who microwaves his dinner, or watching a film adaptation of a Jane Austen novel in which the characters text each other instead of writin...

Apr 26, 2019

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