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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. Pleasing - harmonious sounds

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

3. A brief explanation - summary - or evaluation of a text or work of literature

4. The dictionary definition of a word. contrast with connotation

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

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

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

8. The pattern of rhymes within a given poems

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

10. Inflated - pretentious language used for trivial subjects

11. The use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning

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

13. The main idea isn't completed until the end of the sentence

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

15. A noun that renames the subject

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

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

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

19. The background and events that lead to the presentation of the main idea or purpose of a work of literature

20. Language or dialect of a particular country - Language of a clan or group - Plain everyday speech

21. A narrative told by a character involved in the story - using first person pronouns such as I and we

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

23. The excessive pride that often leads tragic heroes to their death

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

25. A rhetorical opposition or contrast of ideas by means of a grammatical arrangement of words - clauses or sentences

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

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

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

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

30. Grating - inharmonious sounds

31. The main idea or meaning - often an abstract idea upon which a work of literature is built

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

33. 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

34. The language spoken in England roughly between 1150 and 1500 AD

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

36. As opposed to concrete language it represents thoughts

37. The interpretation or analysis of a text

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

39. A lyric poem or passage that describes a kind of ideal life or place

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

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

42. A word or phrase representing that which can be seen - touched - tasted - smelled - or felt

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

44. An eight-line rhyming stanza of a poem

45. A figurative comparison using the words like or as

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

47. The anglo-saxon language spoken in what is now england from approximately 450 to 1150 AD

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

49. Two or more independent clauses

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