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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. A brief and often simplistic lesson that a reader may infer from a work of literature

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

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

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

5. The use of insincere or overdone sentimentality

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

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

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

9. An eight-line rhyming stanza of a poem

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

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

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

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

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

15. A pause somewhere in the middle of a verse - often marked by punctuation

16. Language that describes specific - observable things

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

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

19. Sentence with interrogative pronouns

20. The repetition of two or more vowel sounds in a group of words or lines of a poem

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

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

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

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

25. The resolution that occurs at the end of a play or work of fiction

26. Inflated - pretentious language used for trivial subjects

27. A cleansing of the spirit brought about by the pity and terror of a dramatic tragedy

28. The use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning

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

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

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

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

33. A story containing unreal - imaginary features

34. A saying or proverb containing a truth based on experience and often couched in metaphorical language

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

36. The main character in a work of literature

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

38. In contrast to literal language - implies meanings

39. A false name or alias used by writers

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

41. A phrase - idea or event that through representation serves to unify or convey a theme in a work of literature

42. A term used to describe literary forms such as novel - play and essay

43. The action in a play or story that occurs after the climax and that leads to the conclusion and often to the resolution of the conflict

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

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

46. A narrator with unlimited awareness - understanding - and insight of characters - setting - background and all other elements of the story

47. Overstatement; gross exaggeration for rhetorical effect

48. Pleasing - harmonious sounds

49. Two or more independent clauses

50. A series of comparisons between two unlike objects