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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. A belief that emphasizes faith and optimism in human potential and creativity

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

3. A unit of stressed and unstressed syllables used to determine the meter of a poetic line

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

5. A verbal ending in 'ing'_ that functions in a sentence as a noun.

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

7. The interpretation or analysis of a text

8. A sentence that departs from the usual word order of english sentences by expressing its main thought only at the end. in other words - the particulars in the sentence are presented before the idea they support

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

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

11. A synonym for view or feeling; also a refined and tender emotion in literature

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

13. A list of works cited or otherwise relevant to a subject or other work

14. A term consisting of contradictory elements juxtaposed to create a paradoxical effect

15. 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

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

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

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

19. Issues a comand

20. Providing hints of things to come in a story or play

21. 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

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

23. A simple narrative verse that tells a story that is sung or recited

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

25. 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

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

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

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

29. Sentence with interrogative pronouns

30. A style of writing in which the author tries to reproduce the random flow of thoughts in the human mind

31. A device employed in anglo-saxon poetry in which the name of a thing is replaced by one of its functions or qualities

32. Two or more independent clauses

33. A mild or less negative usage for a harsh or blunt term

34. The main character in a work of literature

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

36. The main idea or meaning - often an abstract idea upon which a work of literature is built

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

38. The language of a work and its style; words - often highly emotional - used to convince or sway an audience

39. In poetry - the use of successive lines with no punctuation or pause between them

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

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

42. The dictionary definition of a word. contrast with connotation

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

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

45. A word or phrase representing that which can be seen - touched - tasted - smelled - or felt

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

47. A sentence with two or more independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses

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

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

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