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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. A subordinate or minor collection of events in an novel or play - usually connected to the main plot






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






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






4. deriving from the orderly qualities of ancient greek and roman culture; implies formality - objectivity - simplicity and restraint






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






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






7. The interpretation or analysis of a text






8. A synonym for view or feeling; also a refined and tender emotion in literature






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






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






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






12. The general form - pattern - and manner of expression of a work of literature






13. The use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning






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






15. An adjective that follows a linking verb






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






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






18. Ordinary or familiar - used to describe diction






19. The work of poets - particularly those of the seventeenth century - that uses elaborate conceits - is highly intellectual - and expresses the complexities of love and life






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






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






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






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






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






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






26. A style of writing in which the author tries to reproduce the random flow of thoughts in the human mind






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






28. 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






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






30. A sentence containing a deliberate omission of words






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






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






33. Inflated - pretentious language used for trivial subjects






34. French for a novel in which historical events and actual people appear under the guise of fiction






35. The total environment for the action in a novel or play. it includes time - place - historical milieu and social - political and even spiritual circumstances






36. An extended narrative about improbable events and extraordinary people in exotic places






37. A story containing unreal - imaginary features






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






39. In contrast to literal language - implies meanings






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






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






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






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






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






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






46. 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






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






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






49. As opposed to concrete language it represents thoughts






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