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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. The resolution that occurs at the end of a play or work of fiction

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

3. A unit of stressed and unstressed syllables used to determine the meter of a poetic line

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

5. The use of one object to evoke ideas and associations not literally part of the original object

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

7. The grammar of meter and rhythm in poetry

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

9. The interrelationship among the events in a story; the plot line is the pattern of events - including exposition - rising action - climax - falling action and resolution

10. A familiar grouping of words - especially words that habitually appear together and thereby convey meaning by association

11. The emotional tone in a work of literature

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

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

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

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

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

17. The author's attitude toward the subject being written about. the characteristic emotion that pervades a work or part of a work--the spirit or quality that is the work's emotional essence

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

19. 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

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

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

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

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

24. Language that describes specific - observable things

25. One independent clause and no dependent clause

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

27. A device employed in anglo-saxon poetry in which the name of a thing is replaced by one of its functions or qualities

28. Pleasing - harmonious sounds

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

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

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

32. In contrast to literal language - implies meanings

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

34. A reference to a person - place - or event meant to create an effect or enhance the meaning of an idea

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

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

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

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

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

40. A sentence with two or more independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses

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

42. Novels written for mass consumption - often emphasizing exciting and titillating plots

43. The pattern of rhymes within a given poems

44. A story consisting of events from which a moral or spiritual truth may be derived

45. An imitation of a work meant to ridicule its style and subject

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

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

48. A verse with five poetic feet per line

49. A direct verbal assault; a denunciation

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