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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. A literary style used to poke fun at - attack or ridicule an idea - vice or foible - often for the purpose of inducing change

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

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

4. One independent clause and no dependent clause

5. A form of verse usually consisting of three four line units called quatrains and a concluding couplet

6. Faulty reasoning that inappropriately ascribes human feelings to nature or non-human objects

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

8. A figure of speech in which a word or phrase can be understood in two ways especially when one meaning is risque

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

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

11. A structure that provides premise or setting for a narrative

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

13. Two or more independent clauses

14. A sentence containing a deliberate omission of words

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

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

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

18. The quickness of intellect and the power and talent for saying brilliant things that surprise and delight by their unexpectedness; the power to comment subtly and pointedly on the foibles of the passing scene

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

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

21. A belief that emphasizes faith and optimism in human potential and creativity

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

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

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

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

26. A noun that renames the subject

27. Ordinary or familiar - used to describe diction

28. A figure of speech in which objects and animals are given human characteristics

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

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

31. A sentence that follows the customary word order of english sentences - ie subject verb object. the main idea of the sentence is presented first and is then followed by one or more subordinate clauses

32. A piece of writing that reveals weaknesses - faults - frailties - or other shortcomings

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

34. In contrast to literal language - implies meanings

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

36. 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

37. The excessive pride that often leads tragic heroes to their death

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

39. The use of insincere or overdone sentimentality

40. The interpretation or analysis of a text

41. The work of poets - particularly those of the seventeenth century - that uses elaborate conceits - is highly intellectual - and expresses the complexities of love and life

42. A complex sentence in which the main clause comes first and the subordinate clause follows

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

44. A metaphor embedded in a sentence rather than expressed directly as a sentence

45. An adjective that follows a linking verb

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

47. The works considered most important in a national literature or period; works widely read and studied

48. A highly regarded work of literature or other art form that has withstood the test of time

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

50. A literary form in which events are exaggerated in order to create an extreme emotional response