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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. The high point - or turning point - of a story or play






2. A verse with five poetic feet per line






3. A sentence with two or more independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses






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






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






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






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






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






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






10. 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






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






12. Overstatement; gross exaggeration for rhetorical effect






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






14. The use of insincere or overdone sentimentality






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






23. The resolution that occurs at the end of a play or work of fiction






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 figure of speech that compares unlike objects - without using like or as






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






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






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






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






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






31. The choice of words in oral and written discourse






32. Literally 'seize the day'; enjoy life while you can - a common theme in literature






33. A word or phrase representing that which can be seen - touched - tasted - smelled - or felt






34. Language that conveys a speaker's attitude or opinion with regard to a particular subject






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






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






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






38. A synonym for view or feeling; also a refined and tender emotion in literature






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






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






41. An eight-line rhyming stanza of a poem






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






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






44. The act of determining the meter of a poetic line. the pattern is called scansion. if a verse doesn't 'scan' its meter is irregular






45. A cleansing of the spirit brought about by the pity and terror of a dramatic tragedy






46. A verbal (often preceded by 'to') that functions as a noun adjective or adverb






47. A story containing unreal - imaginary features






48. Similar to the truth; the quality of realism in a work that persuades readers that they are getting a vision of life as it is






49. Two or more independent clauses






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