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CLEP English Literature All In One

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1. Unrhymed verse; esp. - unrhymed verse having five iambic feet per line - as in Elizabethan drama

2. Pastoral lyrics- pomes that idealize life of shepherds

3. A poem praising someone for their achievements - stemming from ancient Greece

4. The repetition of consonant sounds close to each other

5. An extended simile elaborated in great detail. Also called Homeric simile

6. A poem of fixed form - French in origin - consisting usually of five three-line stanzas and a final four-line stanza and having only two rhymes throughout

7. One of three sections of the Greek dramatic chorus and the Pindaric ode - along with the strophe and antistrophe. These forms may be repeated in sequence within a single ode.

8. In deconstruction - things that are absent from yet suggested by a text. A trace may be the opposite of a written word

9. Renaissance Period; Sonnets - Hamlet - King Lear - Othello - Macbeth - Romeo & Juliet - Twelfth Night - Henry IV - and A Midsummer's Nught Dream.

10. Romantic Period

11. A literary work that exposes evil or folly through the use of irony - ridicule - or derision

12. A rhyming pair of iambic-pentameter lines - first used extensively in English by Chaucer and later developed as a syntactically complete unit - esp. by Dryden and Pope (Ex.: 'In every work regard the writer's end - Since none can compass more than th

13. Romantic Period; Pride and Prejudice - Emma

14. A novel made up of correspondence between characters

15. The pattern of rhymes in a stanza

16. Novel a melodramatic novel devoted to scandalous doings - guilty secrets - and lurid intrigues

17. A prose form originated by the French Renaissance humanist Michel de Montaigne as an experimental and skeptical approach to writing

18. The contrast - as in a play - between what a character thinks the truth is - as revealed in a speech or action - and what an audience or reader knows the truth

19. A philosophy of the Middle Ages and Renaissance that accommodated the thinking of Plato to Christian theology

20. Novel a modernist form that puts a story together by tracing the thoughts and feelings of its characters rather than through the voice of a detached narrator

21. (1840-1900) prescribed liberal doses of 'English literature' as a means of restoring higher ideals to a society that appeared to grow increasingly crass.

22. A work written to mourn the death and memorialize the life of someone who died

23. Renaissance Period ; Paradise Lost

24. The narrative technique of shifting freely between a first-person and an interior third-person point of view

25. A group of four works

26. A lyric from stemming from the Middle Ages that treats the subject of two lovers waking up together. It may deal with the joy of being together or with the sorrow of having to part.

27. Is a figure of speech that uses an exaggerated or extravagant statement to create a strong emotional response. As a figure of speech it is not intended to be taken literally. Hyperbole is frequently used for humour. Examples of hyperbole are: They ra

28. (1540-1640) public theaters presented plays that celebrated a semifluid social order governed by absolute power. These dramas portrayed any unchecked social mobility that might threaten state stability as the result of personal evil - corruption - an

29. The repetition of vowel sounds close to each other

30. The secondary significance a word acquires through association that goes beyond its literal meaning

31. The process of denying or disguising political values by misrepresenting them as natural - universal - or transcendent ideals.

32. The dramatic genre of the 1950s that enacts the idea of existential meaninglessness

33. Modern Period; 'Dulce et Decorum Est'

34. The continuation of the grammatical flow from one line of verse to the next

35. Victorian Period; Oliver twist - Our Mutual Friend - Little Dorrit - Bleak House

36. A speech conventionally understood to convey the private thought of the character who delivers it

37. The device of presenting abstractions as human characters.

38. To put or publish. Published novel

39. The most common meter in English verse. It consists of a line ten syllables long that is accented on every second beat (see blank verse). These lines in iambic pentameter are from The Merchant of Venice - by William Shakespeare:In sooth -/I know/not

40. A long - blustering - noisy - or scolding speech; tirade

41. An unofficial grouping of works by authors whose importance has become generally recognized by literature scholars.

42. Genre in poetry. Its formal - meditative - and intense.

43. A novel that traces the development of a young person from childhood or adolescence to maturity. It is often written in the form of an autobiography

44. The narrative devise of hinting at events that have yet to unfold

45. A method of humorous or subtly sarcastic expression in which the intended meaning of the words is the direct opposite of their usual sense: the irony of calling a stupid plan 'clever'

46. One of three sections of the Greek dramatic chorus and the Pindaric ode - along with the strophe and epode. These forms may be repeated in sequence within a single ode.

47. A repeated pattern of lines and rhymes analogous to a verse in a song

48. Early Medieval Period; The protagonist of the poem. Beowulf is a Geatish hero who fights the monster Grendel - Grendel's mother - and a fire-breathing dragon. Beowulf's exploits prove him to be the strongest - ablest warrior of his time. In his youth

49. (1670-1790) identified literature as a worthy cultural pursuit capable of reconciling respect for classical learning with the evolving interests and tastes of the educated middle class. Translated - imitated - and elucidated the most respectable anci

50. One of the three sections of the Greek dramatic chorus and the Pindaric ode - along with the antistrophe and epode. These forms may be repeated in sequence within a single ode.