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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