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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