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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. A work of literature dealing with rural life

2. The pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables found in poetry

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

4. A figurative comparison using the words like or as

5. Pleasing - harmonious sounds

6. deriving from the orderly qualities of ancient greek and roman culture; implies formality - objectivity - simplicity and restraint

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

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

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

10. An adjective or phrase that expresses a striking quality of a person or thing

11. The interpretation or analysis of a text

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

13. A sentence with one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses

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

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

16. The real or assumed personality used by a writer or speaker

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

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

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

20. Grating - inharmonious sounds

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

22. A term for the title character of a work of literature

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

24. A synonym for poetry. also - a group of lines in a song or poem; also a single line of poetry

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

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

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

28. Language or dialect of a particular country - Language of a clan or group - Plain everyday speech

29. 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

30. The organization of language into meaningful structure; every sentence has a particular syntax or pattern of words

31. The implied meaning that underlies the main meaning of a work of literature

32. A story containing unreal - imaginary features

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

34. Two or more independent clauses

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

36. The high point - or turning point - of a story or play

37. Ordinary or familiar - used to describe diction

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

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

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

41. A rhetorical opposition or contrast of ideas by means of a grammatical arrangement of words - clauses or sentences

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

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

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

45. One independent clause and no dependent clause

46. A verse with five poetic feet per line

47. 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

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

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

50. The pattern of rhymes within a given poems