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CLEP English Literature All In One

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1. A group of four works

2. Romantic Period

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

4. The most common meter in English verse. It consists of a line ten syllables long that is accented on every second beat (see blank verse). These lines in iambic pentameter are from The Merchant of Venice - by William Shakespeare:In sooth -/I know/not

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

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

7. 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'

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

9. Novels about gruesome doings and supernatural horrors - usually set far away and long ago. The form emerged during the eighteenth century but gained popularity and respectability in the nineteenth - as the imagination in literature came to be more hi

10. Refers to the sound and structure of poetry - including meter - rhyme - assonance - and alliteration

11. Is the idealized code of medieval nobility. It stressed honesty and integrity in living up to one's social obligations - courtesy to others - and deference to ladies.

12. A repeated pattern of lines and rhymes analogous to a verse in a song

13. The dramatic genre of the 1950s that enacts the idea of existential meaninglessness

14. Augustan Period; Robinson Crusoe - Moll Flanders

15. (1670-1790) identified literature as a worthy cultural pursuit capable of reconciling respect for classical learning with the evolving interests and tastes of the educated middle class. Translated - imitated - and elucidated the most respectable anci

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

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

18. 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.

19. To put or publish. Published novel

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

21. A collection of works on a common theme such as Charlemagne or the Trojan War. Cycles typically represent the work of several different authors brought together into a group. Cycles are often groups of romance narrative.

22. 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

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

24. An extended simile elaborated in great detail. Also called Homeric simile

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. Letters - usually formal

27. Renaissance Period; 'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love' & Doctor Faustus

28. 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

29. Designating or characteristic of a kind of fiction that originated in Spain and deals episodically with the adventures of a hero who is or resembles such a vagabond or rogue

30. Plays presented during the Middle Ages by guilds of feast days - They depict important events in Christian history.

31. (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

32. Augustan Period;

33. Written in the form of a series of letters exchanged by the characters - as certain novels of the 18th cent.

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

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

36. The repetition of vowel sounds close to each other

37. Augustan Period

38. Genre in poetry. Its formal - meditative - and intense.

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

40. An extended metaphor used in a drama or narrative

41. (1840-1900) prescribed liberal doses of 'English literature' as a means of restoring higher ideals to a society that appeared to grow increasingly crass.

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

43. A poem praising someone for their achievements - stemming from ancient Greece

44. A novel that traces the development of a young person from childhood or adolescence to maturity. It is often written in the form of an autobiography

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

46. The device of presenting abstractions as human characters.

47. The mood or emotional attitude evoked or reflected in a written work

48. The rhythmic structure of poetry

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

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