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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. The repetition of two or more vowel sounds in a group of words or lines of a poem






2. A locution that addresses a person or personified thing not present






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






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






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






6. Two or more independent clauses






7. 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






8. A figure of speech that uses the name of one thing to represent something else with which it is associated






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






10. Grating - inharmonious sounds






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






12. A parody of traditional epic form






13. A novel focusing on and describing social customs and habits of a particular social group






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






15. The generic name for a figure of speech such as image - symbol - simile and metaphor






16. The repetition of one or more initial consonants in a group of words or lines in a poem






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






18. The pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables found in poetry






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






20. That element in literature that stimulates pity or sorrow






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






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






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






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






25. A term that describes a line of poetry that ends with a natural pause often indicated by a mark of punctuation






26. Pleasing - harmonious sounds






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






28. A figure of speech that compares unlike objects - without using like or as






29. A term often used as a synonym for realism; also a view of experience that is generally characterized as bleak and pessimistic






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






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






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






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






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






35. The correspondence of a verb with its subject in person and number and of a pronoun with its antecedent in person - number - and gender






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






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






38. The role or facade that a character assumes or depicts to a reader - a viewer or the world at large






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






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






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






42. Overstatement; gross exaggeration for rhetorical effect






43. A work of literature meant to ridicule a subject; a grotesque imitation






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






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






46. 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






47. A witty or ingenious thought; a diverting or highly fanciful idea - often stated in figurative language






48. The choice of words in oral and written discourse






49. A mode of expression in which the intended meaning is the opposite of what is stated - often implying ridicule or light sarcasm; a state of affairs or events that is the reverse of what might have been expected






50. A form of understatement in which the negative of the contrary is used to achieve emphasis or intensity