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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. A version of a text put into simpler - everyday words






2. The language of a work and its style; words - often highly emotional - used to convince or sway an audience






3. Grating - inharmonious sounds






4. in literature - the use of an artificial device or gimmick to solve a problem






5. A sentence with one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses






6. The anglo-saxon language spoken in what is now england from approximately 450 to 1150 AD






7. Three periods (. . .) indicating the omission of words in a thought or quotation






8. Personal - reflective poetry that reveals the speaker's thoughts and feelings about the subject






9. An episodic novel about a roguelike wanderer who lives off his wits






10. Providing hints of things to come in a story or play






11. A narrative poem that tells of the adventures and exploits of a hero






12. The repetition of one or more initial consonants in a group of words or lines in a poem






13. The real or assumed personality used by a writer or speaker






14. The correspondence of a verb with its subject in person and number and of a pronoun with its antecedent in person - number - and gender






15. A familiar grouping of words - especially words that habitually appear together and thereby convey meaning by association






16. A direct verbal assault; a denunciation






17. A short - pithy statement of a generally accepted truth or sentiment






18. A story consisting of events from which a moral or spiritual truth may be derived






19. A story containing unreal - imaginary features






20. That element in literature that stimulates pity or sorrow






21. Word choice characterized by simple - often one or two syllable nouns - adjectives - and adverbs






22. A sharp - caustic expression or remark; a bitter jibe or taunt; less subtle than irony






23. A figure of speech in which a part signifies the whole or the whole signifies the part - also when the name of a material stands for the thing itself






24. A comparison that points out similarities between two dissimilar things






25. A novel focusing on and describing social customs and habits of a particular social group






26. A brief explanation - summary - or evaluation of a text or work of literature






27. The depiction of people - things and events as they really are without idealization or exaggeration for effect






28. The relation in which a narrator or speaker stands to the story or subject matter of a poem






29. A unit of stressed and unstressed syllables used to determine the meter of a poetic line






30. A forceful sermon - lecture or tirade






31. One in which two parallel elements are set off against each other like equal weights on a scale.






32. When the infinitive is interrupted with another word - typically an adverb or adverbial phrase






33. A subordinate or minor collection of events in an novel or play - usually connected to the main plot






34. The main idea isn't completed until the end of the sentence






35. A four-line poem or a four-line unit of a longer poem






36. A rhetorical opposition or contrast of ideas by means of a grammatical arrangement of words - clauses or sentences






37. A form of literature in which the hero is destroyed by some character flaw and a set of forces that causes the hero considerable anguish






38. The action in a play or story that occurs after the climax and that leads to the conclusion and often to the resolution of the conflict






39. The origin or derivation of a word






40. Issues a comand






41. The generic name for a figure of speech such as image - symbol - simile and metaphor






42. A statement or idea that fails to follow logically from the one before






43. A figure of speech whose effectiveness has been worn out through overuse and excessive familiarity






44. A literary form in which events are exaggerated in order to create an extreme emotional response






45. A return to an earlier time in a story or play in order to clarify present actions or circumstances






46. The repetition of two or more consonant sounds in a group of words or a line of poetry






47. Pleasing - harmonious sounds






48. A saying or proverb expressing common wisdom or truth






49. French term for the world of books - criticism - and literature in general






50. The choice of words in oral and written discourse