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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