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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. The repetition of similar sounds at regular intervals - used mostly in poetry






2. The pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables that make up a line of poetry






3. The interrelationship among the events in a story; the plot line is the pattern of events - including exposition - rising action - climax - falling action and resolution






4. A noun that renames the subject






5. A sentence that departs from the usual word order of english sentences by expressing its main thought only at the end. in other words - the particulars in the sentence are presented before the idea they support






6. The work of poets - particularly those of the seventeenth century - that uses elaborate conceits - is highly intellectual - and expresses the complexities of love and life






7. A rendering of a quotation in which actual words are not stated but only approximated or paraphrased






8. The excessive pride that often leads tragic heroes to their death






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






10. Overstatement; gross exaggeration for rhetorical effect






11. A circumstance in which the audience or reader knows more about a situation than a character






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






13. A locution that addresses a person or personified thing not present






14. A humorous play on words - using similar sounding or identical words to suggest different meanings






15. The dictionary definition of a word. contrast with connotation






16. A statement that seems self-contradictory but is nevertheless true






17. A mild or less negative usage for a harsh or blunt term






18. A pause somewhere in the middle of a verse - often marked by punctuation






19. A lyric poem usually marked by serious - respectful and exalted feelings toward the subject






20. The grammar of meter and rhythm in poetry






21. Ordinary or familiar - used to describe diction






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






23. A figure of speech in which objects and animals are given human characteristics






24. A term that describes a line of poetry that ends with a natural pause often indicated by a mark of punctuation






25. A character or force in a work of literature that - by opposing the protagonist produces tension or conflict






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






27. A simple narrative verse that tells a story that is sung or recited






28. A comedy that contains an extravagant and nonsensical disregard of seriousness - although it may have a serious - scornful purpose






29. 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






30. A direct verbal assault; a denunciation






31. A discrepancy between the true meaning of a situation and the literal meaning of the written or spoken words






32. A term that describes characters' excessive emotional response to experience; also nauseatingly nostalgic and mawkish






33. A french verse form calculated to appear simple and spontaneous but consisting of nineteen lines and a prescribed pattern of rhymes






34. A sentence containing a deliberate omission of words






35. A verbal ending in 'ing'_ that functions in a sentence as a noun.






36. A phrase - idea or event that through representation serves to unify or convey a theme in a work of literature






37. The author's attitude toward the subject being written about. the characteristic emotion that pervades a work or part of a work--the spirit or quality that is the work's emotional essence






38. The pattern of rhymes within a given poems






39. One independent clause and no dependent clause






40. An eight-line rhyming stanza of a poem






41. A concise but ingenious - witty - and thoughtful statement






42. An extended narrative about improbable events and extraordinary people in exotic places






43. deriving from the orderly qualities of ancient greek and roman culture; implies formality - objectivity - simplicity and restraint






44. A saying or proverb expressing common wisdom or truth






45. A list of works cited or otherwise relevant to a subject or other work






46. The manner in which an author uses and arranges words - shapes ideas - forms sentences and creates a structure to convey ideas






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






48. A work of literature meant to ridicule a subject; a grotesque imitation






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






50. The high point - or turning point - of a story or play