Entertainment / Literature / Ellipsis: (plural, ellipses) (1) In its oldest sense as a rhetorical device, ellipsis refers to the artful omission of a word implied by a previous clause. For instance, an author might write, 'The American soldiers killed eight civilians, and the French eight.' The writer of the sentence has left out the word soldiers after French, and the word civilians after eight. However, both words are implied by the previous clause, so a reader has no trouble following the author's thought. See schemes. An ellipsis is similar to an eclipsis, but differs in that an eclipsis has a word or words missing that may not be implied by a previous clause. (2) In its more modern sense, ellipsis refers to a punctuation mark indicated by three periods to indicate material missing from a quotation . . . Like so. This mark is common in MLA format for indicating partial quotations.


Entertainment / Literature / Haiku: (pluralhaiku, from archaic Japanese): The term haiku is a fairly late addition to Japanese poetry. The poet Shiki coined the term in the nineteenth century from a longer, more traditional phrase, haik MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Eclipsis: (Greek 'leaving out,' cf. Modern English eclipse) A type of enallage in which an author or poet omits essential grammatical elements to create a poetic or artful effect. One example might be the follo MORE

Circular Structure

Entertainment / Literature / Circular Structure: A type of artistic structure in which a sense of completeness or closure does not originate in coming to a 'conclusion' that breaks with the earlier story, instead, the sense of closure originates in MORE