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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. A sentence that departs from the usual word order of english sentences by expressing its main thought only at the end. in other words - the particulars in the sentence are presented before the idea they support






2. Language that describes specific - observable things






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






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






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






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






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






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






9. The act of determining the meter of a poetic line. the pattern is called scansion. if a verse doesn't 'scan' its meter is irregular






10. 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






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






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






13. One of the ancient greek goddesses presiding over the arts. the imaginary source of inspiration for an artist or writer






14. The use of insincere or overdone sentimentality






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






16. A term consisting of contradictory elements juxtaposed to create a paradoxical effect






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






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






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






20. A mode of expression in which the intended meaning is the opposite of what is stated - often implying ridicule or light sarcasm; a state of affairs or events that is the reverse of what might have been expected






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






22. A false name or alias used by writers






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






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






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






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






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






28. A parody of traditional epic form






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






37. The real or assumed personality used by a writer or speaker






38. A subordinate or minor collection of events in an novel or play - usually connected to the main plot






39. Two or more independent clauses






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






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






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






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






44. Inflated - pretentious language used for trivial subjects






45. A verse with five poetic feet per line






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






47. A verbal ending in 'ing'_ that functions in a sentence as a noun.






48. A german word referring to a novel structured as a series of events that take place as the hero travels in quest of a goal






49. The main character in a work of literature






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