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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. A comparison that points out similarities between two dissimilar things






2. One independent clause and no dependent clause






3. An adjective that follows a linking verb






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






5. A saying or proverb expressing common wisdom or truth






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






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






8. A short - pithy statement of a generally accepted truth or sentiment






9. In poetry - the use of successive lines with no punctuation or pause between them






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






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






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






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






14. That element in literature that stimulates pity or sorrow






15. A mode of expression in which the intended meaning is the opposite of what is stated - often implying ridicule or light sarcasm; a state of affairs or events that is the reverse of what might have been expected






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. A figurative comparison using the words like or as






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






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






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






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






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






23. Sentence with interrogative pronouns






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






25. The origin or derivation of a word






26. A form of verse or prose that tells a story






27. 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






28. Ordinary or familiar - used to describe diction






29. A narrative told by a character involved in the story - using first person pronouns such as I and we






30. The interpretation or analysis of a text






31. The repetition of similar sounds at regular intervals - used mostly in poetry






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






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






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






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






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






37. 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






38. A story containing unreal - imaginary features






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






40. 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






41. Language that describes specific - observable things






42. 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






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






44. 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






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






46. A figure of speech in which a word or phrase can be understood in two ways especially when one meaning is risque






47. In contrast to literal language - implies meanings






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






49. The language spoken in England roughly between 1150 and 1500 AD






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