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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. A work of literature dealing with rural life

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

3. A forceful sermon - lecture or tirade

4. One of the ancient greek goddesses presiding over the arts. the imaginary source of inspiration for an artist or writer

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

6. Grating - inharmonious sounds

7. The role or facade that a character assumes or depicts to a reader - a viewer or the world at large

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

9. A figurative comparison using the words like or as

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

11. 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

12. A term often used as a synonym for realism; also a view of experience that is generally characterized as bleak and pessimistic

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

14. The use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning

15. The repetition of two or more vowel sounds in a group of words or lines of a poem

16. A literary style used to poke fun at - attack or ridicule an idea - vice or foible - often for the purpose of inducing change

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

18. A pair of rhyming lines in a poem. two rhyming lines in iambic pentameter is sometimes called a heroic couplet

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

20. A poet; in olden times - a performer who told heroic stories to musical accompaniment

21. A term consisting of contradictory elements juxtaposed to create a paradoxical effect

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

23. A parody of traditional epic form

24. A detailed analysis or interpretation of a work of literature

25. A version of a text put into simpler - everyday words

26. A term for the title character of a work of literature

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

28. A belief that emphasizes faith and optimism in human potential and creativity

29. A person - scene - event - or other element in literature that fails to correspond with the time or era in which the work is set

30. An indirect or subtle - usually derogatory implication in expression - an insinuation

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

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

33. A mocking - satirical assault on a person or situation

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

35. 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

36. An imitation of a work meant to ridicule its style and subject

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

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

39. A group of two or more lines in poetry combined according to subject matter - rhyme or some other plan

40. A brief and often simplistic lesson that a reader may infer from a work of literature

41. A latin term for a narrative that starts not at the beginning of events but at some other critical point

42. The emotional tone in a work of literature

43. As opposed to concrete language it represents thoughts

44. An imaginary story that has become an accepted part of the cultural or religious tradition of a group or society

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

46. A direct verbal assault; a denunciation

47. A poem or prose selection that laments or meditates on the passing or death of something or someone of value

48. The pattern of rhymes within a given poems

49. An abstract or ideal conception of a type; a perfectly typical example; an original model or form

50. The total environment for the action in a novel or play. it includes time - place - historical milieu and social - political and even spiritual circumstances