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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. A brief and often simplistic lesson that a reader may infer from a work of literature

2. The resolution that occurs at the end of a play or work of fiction

3. A verse with five poetic feet per line

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

5. A humorous play on words - using similar sounding or identical words to suggest different meanings

6. Language that describes specific - observable things

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

8. A kind of poetry without rhymed lines - rhythm or fixed metrical feet

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

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

11. A saying or proverb containing a truth based on experience and often couched in metaphorical language

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

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

14. A work of literature dealing with rural life

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

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

17. A poet; in olden times - a performer who told heroic stories to musical accompaniment

18. An adjective that follows a linking verb

19. As distinguished from Apollonian - the word refers to sensual - pleasure-seeking impulses

20. A forceful sermon - lecture or tirade

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

22. A verbal (often preceded by 'to') that functions as a noun adjective or adverb

23. 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

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

25. The high point - or turning point - of a story or play

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

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

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

29. 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

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

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

32. A simple narrative verse that tells a story that is sung or recited

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

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

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

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

37. A quick succession of images or impressions used to express an idea

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

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

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

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

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

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

44. A figurative comparison using the words like or as

45. When the infinitive is interrupted with another word - typically an adverb or adverbial phrase

46. The repetition of two or more vowel sounds in a group of words or lines of a poem

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

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

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

50. An eight-line rhyming stanza of a poem