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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. A false name or alias used by writers

2. A sentence containing a deliberate omission of words

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

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

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

6. A kind of poetry without rhymed lines - rhythm or fixed metrical feet

7. One independent clause and no dependent clause

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. Language or dialect of a particular country - Language of a clan or group - Plain everyday speech

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

16. A narrator with unlimited awareness - understanding - and insight of characters - setting - background and all other elements of the story

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

18. As opposed to concrete language it represents thoughts

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

20. A character whose name appears in the title of the novel or play; also known as the eponymous character

21. A direct verbal assault; a denunciation

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

23. A novel in which supernatural horrors and an atmosphere of unknown terrors pervades the action

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

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

26. A short tale often with nonhuman characters from which a useful lesson may be drawn

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

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

29. In contrast to literal language - implies meanings

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

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

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

33. The main idea or meaning - often an abstract idea upon which a work of literature is built

34. A feeling of association or identification with an object or person

35. A work of literature dealing with rural life

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

37. A grotesque likeness of striking qualities in persons and things

38. The quickness of intellect and the power and talent for saying brilliant things that surprise and delight by their unexpectedness; the power to comment subtly and pointedly on the foibles of the passing scene

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

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

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

42. An abbreviated synopsis of a longer work of scholarship or research

43. A variety of poetry meant to entertain or amuse - but sometimes with a satirical thrust

44. A series of comparisons between two unlike objects

45. A figure of speech that uses the name of one thing to represent something else with which it is associated

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

47. A story containing unreal - imaginary features

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

49. French for a novel in which historical events and actual people appear under the guise of fiction

50. A quick succession of images or impressions used to express an idea