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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. One in which two parallel elements are set off against each other like equal weights on a scale.






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






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






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






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






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






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






8. The use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning






9. An abstract or ideal conception of a type; a perfectly typical example; an original model or form






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






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






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






13. A work of literature dealing with rural life






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






15. Providing hints of things to come in a story or play






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






17. A figure of speech in which objects and animals are given human characteristics






18. Inflated - pretentious language used for trivial subjects






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






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






21. Language that describes specific - observable things






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






23. The grammar of meter and rhythm in poetry






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






25. That element in literature that stimulates pity or sorrow






26. 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






27. The choice of words in oral and written discourse






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






29. A false name or alias used by writers






30. The repetition of similar sounds at regular intervals - used mostly in poetry






31. 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






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






33. The interpretation or analysis of a text






34. A feeling of association or identification with an object or person






35. The pattern of rhymes within a given poems






36. Language that conveys a speaker's attitude or opinion with regard to a particular subject






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






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






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






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






41. The role or facade that a character assumes or depicts to a reader - a viewer or the world at large






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






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






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






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






46. A comparison that points out similarities between two dissimilar things






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






48. Grating - inharmonious sounds






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






50. A noun that renames the subject