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CLEP English Literature All In One

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1. To put or publish. Published novel

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

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

4. A characteristic of art or nature that inspires a feeling of grander and mystery. For example: an ancient ruins - a storm swept landscape - of the fall of Satan in Milton's Paradise Lost.

5. The use of a single word in two different senses at once. For example: I just quit smoking and my job.

6. 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

7. Refers to the sound and structure of poetry - including meter - rhyme - assonance - and alliteration

8. The pattern of rhymes in a stanza

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

10. A group of four works

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

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

13. 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

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

15. 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.

16. A collection of works on a common theme such as Charlemagne or the Trojan War. Cycles typically represent the work of several different authors brought together into a group. Cycles are often groups of romance narrative.

17. Plays presented during the Middle Ages by guilds of feast days - They depict important events in Christian history.

18. 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)

19. 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

20. 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

21. Pastoral lyrics- pomes that idealize life of shepherds

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

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

24. (1840-1900) prescribed liberal doses of 'English literature' as a means of restoring higher ideals to a society that appeared to grow increasingly crass.

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

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

27. Repetition at the start of a sentence of the concluding word or phrase in the previous sentence. For example: 'There's only so much exercise you can get on a plane. A air plane is not the greatest place to work out'

28. Modern Period; 'Dulce et Decorum Est'

29. Augustan Period

30. 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

31. The repetition of consonant sounds close to each other

32. Focus on the lives of the rich and elegant

33. (1790-1840) poets turned inward for the inspiration to celebrate the powers of nature and the creative spirit of individualism

34. 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.

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

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

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

38. The device of presenting abstractions as human characters.

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

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

41. 12th-15th Centuries. Promoted chivalric (knightly) ideals that helped stabilize a social hierarchy based on bloodlines

42. 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'

43. Made up of the ideas - beliefs - and values shared by members of a society. Ideology is shaped by political interests and serves power interests in ways we might not recognize

44. 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

45. 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.

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

47. Romantic period;

48. Romantic Period; Pride and Prejudice - Emma

49. The repetition of vowel sounds close to each other

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