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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. An episodic novel about a roguelike wanderer who lives off his wits

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

3. The choice of words in oral and written discourse

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

5. A verbal (often preceded by 'to') that functions as a noun adjective or adverb

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

7. Sentence with interrogative pronouns

8. A detailed analysis or interpretation of a work of literature

9. The interrelationship among the events in a story; the plot line is the pattern of events - including exposition - rising action - climax - falling action and resolution

10. Inflated - pretentious language used for trivial subjects

11. A short - pithy statement of a generally accepted truth or sentiment

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

13. A poem or prose selection that laments or meditates on the passing or death of something or someone of value

14. A saying or proverb expressing common wisdom or truth

15. Literally 'seize the day'; enjoy life while you can - a common theme in literature

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

17. A character whose name appears in the title of the novel or play; also known as the eponymous character

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

19. One in which two parallel elements are set off against each other like equal weights on a scale.

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

21. A series of comparisons between two unlike objects

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

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

24. The use of insincere or overdone sentimentality

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

26. The manner in which an author uses and arranges words - shapes ideas - forms sentences and creates a structure to convey ideas

27. A vagueness of meaning; a conscious lack of clarity meant to evoke multiple meanings and interpretations

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

29. One independent clause and no dependent clause

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

31. A story in which a second meaning is to be read beneath the surface

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

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

34. A narrative poem that tells of the adventures and exploits of a hero

35. A german word referring to a novel structured as a series of events that take place as the hero travels in quest of a goal

36. The interpretation or analysis of a text

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

38. A character or force in a work of literature that - by opposing the protagonist produces tension or conflict

39. The grammar of meter and rhythm in poetry

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

41. An adjective that follows a linking verb

42. A forceful sermon - lecture or tirade

43. A story consisting of events from which a moral or spiritual truth may be derived

44. A group of two or more lines in poetry combined according to subject matter - rhyme or some other plan

45. A latin term for a narrative that starts not at the beginning of events but at some other critical point

46. Issues a comand

47. The emotional tone in a work of literature

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

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

50. 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