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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. The use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning

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

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

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

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

6. The use of insincere or overdone sentimentality

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

8. 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

9. A story consisting of events from which a moral or spiritual truth may be derived

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. The choice of words in oral and written discourse

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

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

14. The anglo-saxon language spoken in what is now england from approximately 450 to 1150 AD

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

16. The pattern of rhymes within a given poems

17. 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

18. Overstatement; gross exaggeration for rhetorical effect

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

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

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

22. The main idea isn't completed until the end of the sentence

23. A statement that seems self-contradictory but is nevertheless true

24. A mild or less negative usage for a harsh or blunt term

25. 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

26. A noun that renames the subject

27. 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

28. An eight-line rhyming stanza of a poem

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

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

31. A witty or ingenious thought; a diverting or highly fanciful idea - often stated in figurative language

32. Two or more independent clauses

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

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

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

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

37. The use of one object to evoke ideas and associations not literally part of the original object

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

39. A locution that addresses a person or personified thing not present

40. Ordinary or familiar - used to describe diction

41. Personal - reflective poetry that reveals the speaker's thoughts and feelings about the subject

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

43. A phrase - idea or event that through representation serves to unify or convey a theme in a work of literature

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

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

46. A form of understatement in which the negative of the contrary is used to achieve emphasis or intensity

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

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

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

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