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CLEP English Literature All In One

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1. (1790-1840) poets turned inward for the inspiration to celebrate the powers of nature and the creative spirit of individualism

2. The 1623 collection of William Shakespeare's plays published after his death by member of his acting company

3. Anything that isn't tangible. In literature - it can be opposed to imagery - the representation of tangible things

4. An important narrative form that emerges at the threshold between orality and literacy. They are written down at some point after a period of oral development. Beowulf is considered an epic.

5. The narrative devise of hinting at events that have yet to unfold

6. The pattern of rhymes in a stanza

7. An extended metaphor used in a drama or narrative

8. A lyric from stemming from the Middle Ages that treats the subject of two lovers waking up together. It may deal with the joy of being together or with the sorrow of having to part.

9. The repetition of consonant sounds close to each other

10. The process of denying or disguising political values by misrepresenting them as natural - universal - or transcendent ideals.

11. Letters - usually formal

12. Pastoral lyrics- pomes that idealize life of shepherds

13. The device of presenting abstractions as human characters.

14. One of three sections of the Greek dramatic chorus and the Pindaric ode - along with the strophe and antistrophe. These forms may be repeated in sequence within a single ode.

15. Augustan Period;

16. The repetition of vowel sounds close to each other

17. A poem of fixed form - French in origin - consisting usually of five three-line stanzas and a final four-line stanza and having only two rhymes throughout

18. The secondary significance a word acquires through association that goes beyond its literal meaning

19. Any tangible thing named in a language - regardless of whether that thing is literal or figurative

20. A sentence that changes its grammatical structure in the middle - often suggest disturbance or excitement. For example: 'we had almost reached the finished line and then the race had to have been fixed from the beginning'

21. A rhyming pair of iambic-pentameter lines - first used extensively in English by Chaucer and later developed as a syntactically complete unit - esp. by Dryden and Pope (Ex.: 'In every work regard the writer's end - Since none can compass more than th

22. Renaissance Period ; Paradise Lost

23. A figure of speech in which an implicit comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something in common Ex: Her home was a prison.

24. In deconstruction - things that are absent from yet suggested by a text. A trace may be the opposite of a written word

25. Is a figure of speech that uses an exaggerated or extravagant statement to create a strong emotional response. As a figure of speech it is not intended to be taken literally. Hyperbole is frequently used for humour. Examples of hyperbole are: They ra

26. Novel a melodramatic novel devoted to scandalous doings - guilty secrets - and lurid intrigues

27. Renaissance Period; Sonnets - Hamlet - King Lear - Othello - Macbeth - Romeo & Juliet - Twelfth Night - Henry IV - and A Midsummer's Nught Dream.

28. A work written to mourn the death and memorialize the life of someone who died

29. A verse form of Italian origin - made up of tercets - the second line of each tercet rhyming with the first and third lines of the next one (aba - bcb - cdc - etc.)

30. A literary - usually verse composition in which a speaker reveals his or her character - often in relation to a critical situation or event - in a monologue addressed to the reader or to a presumed listener.

31. A literary work that exposes evil or folly through the use of irony - ridicule - or derision

32. The narrative technique of shifting freely between a first-person and an interior third-person point of view

33. Poetry characterized by elaborate - sometimes bizarre use of metaphor; rough - rugged versification; dramatic speakers; and paradoxical reasoning.

34. Romantic Period

35. Poetry that has no fixed meter - although it has rhythmic lines and line breaks and is therefore presumably composed with rhythmic qualities in mind. It came into vogue during the modern period.

36. An unofficial grouping of works by authors whose importance has become generally recognized by literature scholars.

37. A novel made up of correspondence between characters

38. The contrast - as in a play - between what a character thinks the truth is - as revealed in a speech or action - and what an audience or reader knows the truth

39. Augustan Period; Robinson Crusoe - Moll Flanders

40. 12th-15th Centuries. Promoted chivalric (knightly) ideals that helped stabilize a social hierarchy based on bloodlines

41. Heroic poetry with an important subject of crucial national or cultural significance - together with a grand - lofty tone. Many epics tell the story of the founding of a nation or race by means of battle or journey

42. (1540-1640) public theaters presented plays that celebrated a semifluid social order governed by absolute power. These dramas portrayed any unchecked social mobility that might threaten state stability as the result of personal evil - corruption - an

43. A novel in which real persons appear under fictitious names

44. A prose form originated by the French Renaissance humanist Michel de Montaigne as an experimental and skeptical approach to writing

45. A movement that took place near the end of the nineteenth century that aimed to free art from conventional Victorian morality

46. Early Medieval Period; The protagonist of the poem. Beowulf is a Geatish hero who fights the monster Grendel - Grendel's mother - and a fire-breathing dragon. Beowulf's exploits prove him to be the strongest - ablest warrior of his time. In his youth

47. A poem that treats the subject of the couple's wedding night

48. A method of humorous or subtly sarcastic expression in which the intended meaning of the words is the direct opposite of their usual sense: the irony of calling a stupid plan 'clever'

49. Novel a modernist form that puts a story together by tracing the thoughts and feelings of its characters rather than through the voice of a detached narrator

50. A characteristic of art or nature that inspires a feeling of grander and mystery. For example: an ancient ruins - a storm swept landscape - of the fall of Satan in Milton's Paradise Lost.