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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

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

2. As distinguished from Apollonian - the word refers to sensual - pleasure-seeking impulses

3. Grating - inharmonious sounds

4. A figure of speech in which a part signifies the whole or the whole signifies the part - also when the name of a material stands for the thing itself

5. When the infinitive is interrupted with another word - typically an adverb or adverbial phrase

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

7. An imitation of a work meant to ridicule its style and subject

8. French for a novel in which historical events and actual people appear under the guise of fiction

9. That element in literature that stimulates pity or sorrow

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

11. A return to an earlier time in a story or play in order to clarify present actions or circumstances

12. An abstract or ideal conception of a type; a perfectly typical example; an original model or form

13. An episodic novel about a roguelike wanderer who lives off his wits

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

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

16. A subordinate or minor collection of events in an novel or play - usually connected to the main plot

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

18. A kind of poetry without rhymed lines - rhythm or fixed metrical feet

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

20. in literature - the use of an artificial device or gimmick to solve a problem

21. A figure of speech whose effectiveness has been worn out through overuse and excessive familiarity

22. Word choice characterized by simple - often one or two syllable nouns - adjectives - and adverbs

23. A grotesque likeness of striking qualities in persons and things

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

25. A statement or idea that fails to follow logically from the one before

26. The background and events that lead to the presentation of the main idea or purpose of a work of literature

27. A verse with five poetic feet per line

28. The interpretation or analysis of a text

29. A rendering of a quotation in which actual words are not stated but only approximated or paraphrased

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

31. A person - scene - event - or other element in literature that fails to correspond with the time or era in which the work is set

32. A short tale often with nonhuman characters from which a useful lesson may be drawn

33. A humorous play on words - using similar sounding or identical words to suggest different meanings

34. The repetition of similar sounds at regular intervals - used mostly in poetry

35. A work of literature dealing with rural life

36. A mocking - satirical assault on a person or situation

37. Novels written for mass consumption - often emphasizing exciting and titillating plots

38. A french verse form calculated to appear simple and spontaneous but consisting of nineteen lines and a prescribed pattern of rhymes

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

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

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

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

43. A form of verse or prose that tells a story

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

45. The main idea isn't completed until the end of the sentence

46. The suggested or implied meaning of a word or phrase. contrast with denotation

47. French term for the world of books - criticism - and literature in general

48. The origin or derivation of a word

49. 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

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