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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. A term that describes a line of poetry that ends with a natural pause often indicated by a mark of punctuation






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






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






4. The relation in which a narrator or speaker stands to the story or subject matter of a poem






5. That element in literature that stimulates pity or sorrow






6. Overstatement; gross exaggeration for rhetorical effect






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






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






9. A forceful sermon - lecture or tirade






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






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






12. A metaphor embedded in a sentence rather than expressed directly as a sentence






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






14. The choice of words in oral and written discourse






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






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






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






18. A discrepancy between the true meaning of a situation and the literal meaning of the written or spoken words






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






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






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






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






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






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






25. A term that describes characters' excessive emotional response to experience; also nauseatingly nostalgic and mawkish






26. The works considered most important in a national literature or period; works widely read and studied






27. A verse with five poetic feet per line






28. Sentence with interrogative pronouns






29. A sentence containing a deliberate omission of words






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






31. A brief and often simplistic lesson that a reader may infer from a work of literature






32. Personal - reflective poetry that reveals the speaker's thoughts and feelings about the subject






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






34. 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






35. An abbreviated synopsis of a longer work of scholarship or research






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






37. In contrast to literal language - implies meanings






38. A sentence with one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses






39. A sentence that follows the customary word order of english sentences - ie subject verb object. the main idea of the sentence is presented first and is then followed by one or more subordinate clauses






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






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






42. The use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning






43. The emotional tone in a work of literature






44. The main character in a work of literature






45. The organization of language into meaningful structure; every sentence has a particular syntax or pattern of words






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






47. The use of insincere or overdone sentimentality






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






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






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