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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. A sentence with one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses






2. The choice of words in oral and written discourse






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






4. Language that describes specific - observable things






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






6. The pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables that make up a line of poetry






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






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






9. A series of comparisons between two unlike objects






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






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






12. A character or force in a work of literature that - by opposing the protagonist produces tension or conflict






13. The origin or derivation of a word






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






15. A story containing unreal - imaginary features






16. The general form - pattern - and manner of expression of a work of literature






17. A reference to a person - place - or event meant to create an effect or enhance the meaning of an idea






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






19. 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






20. Issues a comand






21. A term that describes a line of poetry that ends with a natural pause often indicated by a mark of punctuation






22. A sentence that departs from the usual word order of english sentences by expressing its main thought only at the end. in other words - the particulars in the sentence are presented before the idea they support






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






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






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






26. A quick succession of images or impressions used to express an idea






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






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






29. A vagueness of meaning; a conscious lack of clarity meant to evoke multiple meanings and interpretations






30. The use of insincere or overdone sentimentality






31. A lyric poem or passage that describes a kind of ideal life or place






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






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






34. A sentence containing a deliberate omission of words






35. The total environment for the action in a novel or play. it includes time - place - historical milieu and social - political and even spiritual circumstances






36. The depiction of people - things and events as they really are without idealization or exaggeration for effect






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






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






39. One independent clause and no dependent clause






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






41. A direct verbal assault; a denunciation






42. A comedy that contains an extravagant and nonsensical disregard of seriousness - although it may have a serious - scornful purpose






43. A lyric poem usually marked by serious - respectful and exalted feelings toward the subject






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






45. A verse with five poetic feet per line






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






47. A narrative poem that tells of the adventures and exploits of a hero






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






49. An eight-line rhyming stanza of a poem






50. A familiar grouping of words - especially words that habitually appear together and thereby convey meaning by association