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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

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1. A synonym for poetry. also - a group of lines in a song or poem; also a single line of poetry

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

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

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

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

6. Faulty reasoning that inappropriately ascribes human feelings to nature or non-human objects

7. The background and events that lead to the presentation of the main idea or purpose of a work of literature

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

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

10. A saying or proverb expressing common wisdom or truth

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

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

13. A work of literature dealing with rural life

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

15. A german word referring to a novel structured as a series of events that take place as the hero travels in quest of a goal

16. 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

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

18. The implied meaning that underlies the main meaning of a work of literature

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

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

21. 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

22. A story in which a second meaning is to be read beneath the surface

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

24. A direct verbal assault; a denunciation

25. A sentence containing a deliberate omission of words

26. A false name or alias used by writers

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

28. The main character in a work of literature

29. The emotional tone in a work of literature

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

31. The use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning

32. Two or more independent clauses

33. As distinguished from Apollonian - the word refers to sensual - pleasure-seeking impulses

34. A metaphor embedded in a sentence rather than expressed directly as a sentence

35. A verse with five poetic feet per line

36. The interpretation or analysis of a text

37. Grating - inharmonious sounds

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

39. The grammar of meter and rhythm in poetry

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

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

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

43. The suggested or implied meaning of a word or phrase. contrast with denotation

44. In contrast to literal language - implies meanings

45. Sentence with interrogative pronouns

46. A term used to describe literary forms such as novel - play and essay

47. Novels written for mass consumption - often emphasizing exciting and titillating plots

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

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

50. An adjective or phrase that expresses a striking quality of a person or thing