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CLEP English Literature All In One

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1. A figure of speech in which an implicit comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something in common Ex: Her home was a prison.

2. Focus on the lives of the rich and elegant

3. 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.

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

5. Written in the form of a series of letters exchanged by the characters - as certain novels of the 18th cent.

6. (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

7. A movement that took place near the end of the nineteenth century that aimed to free art from conventional Victorian morality

8. Romantic period;

9. A verbal pattern in two parts in which the second part is like a mirror image of the first.

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

11. Anything that isn't tangible. In literature - it can be opposed to imagery - the representation of tangible things

12. Pastoral lyrics- pomes that idealize life of shepherds

13. (1790-1840) poets turned inward for the inspiration to celebrate the powers of nature and the creative spirit of individualism

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

15. The 1623 collection of William Shakespeare's plays published after his death by member of his acting company

16. A figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another - dissimilar thing by the use of like - as - etc. (Ex.: a heart as big as a whale - her tears flowed like wine)

17. A novel made up of correspondence between characters

18. 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

19. A novel in which real persons appear under fictitious names

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. Renaissance Period ; Paradise Lost

23. The repetition of consonant sounds close to each other

24. Heroic poetry with an important subject of crucial national or cultural significance - together with a grand - lofty tone. Many epics tell the story of the founding of a nation or race by means of battle or journey

25. The complex social process that pushes certain people outside mainstream society - usually because they are perceived as a threat to shared values

26. An important critical movement that took hold in the early decades of the twentieth century. It stresses the importance of paying close attention to the literary text as a way to develop critical intelligence

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

28. 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

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

30. The mood or emotional attitude evoked or reflected in a written work

31. A literary - usually verse composition in which a speaker reveals his or her character - often in relation to a critical situation or event - in a monologue addressed to the reader or to a presumed listener.

32. Poetry characterized by elaborate - sometimes bizarre use of metaphor; rough - rugged versification; dramatic speakers; and paradoxical reasoning.

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

34. Any tangible thing named in a language - regardless of whether that thing is literal or figurative

35. A short - carefully constructed scene in a film - play - etc.; specif. - one regarded as subtle - sensitive - etc

36. The pattern of rhymes in a stanza

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

38. 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.

39. Romantic Period

40. Letters - usually formal

41. The device of presenting abstractions as human characters.

42. Poetry that has no fixed meter - although it has rhythmic lines and line breaks and is therefore presumably composed with rhythmic qualities in mind. It came into vogue during the modern period.

43. 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

44. 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

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

46. 12th-15th Centuries. Promoted chivalric (knightly) ideals that helped stabilize a social hierarchy based on bloodlines

47. The semblance of truth - a quality that helps distinguish the early novel from fable and romance

48. 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

49. Modern Period; 'Dulce et Decorum Est'

50. 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