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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. As opposed to concrete language it represents thoughts






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






3. A saying or proverb expressing common wisdom or truth






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






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






6. A form of literature in which the hero is destroyed by some character flaw and a set of forces that causes the hero considerable anguish






7. A form of verse usually consisting of three four line units called quatrains and a concluding couplet






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






9. A noun that renames the subject






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






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






12. A sentence containing a deliberate omission of words






13. Pleasing - harmonious sounds






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






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






16. A concise but ingenious - witty - and thoughtful statement






17. An indirect or subtle - usually derogatory implication in expression - an insinuation






18. One in which two parallel elements are set off against each other like equal weights on a scale.






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






20. That element in literature that stimulates pity or sorrow






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






22. 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






23. An adjective or phrase that expresses a striking quality of a person or thing






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






25. A statement that seems self-contradictory but is nevertheless true






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






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






28. An eight-line rhyming stanza of a poem






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






30. One independent clause and no dependent clause






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






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






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






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






35. An adjective that follows a linking verb






36. A lyric poem usually marked by serious - respectful and exalted feelings toward the subject






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






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






39. The correspondence of a verb with its subject in person and number and of a pronoun with its antecedent in person - number - and gender






40. A short tale often with nonhuman characters from which a useful lesson may be drawn






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






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






43. 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






44. Ordinary or familiar - used to describe diction






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






46. 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






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






48. The quickness of intellect and the power and talent for saying brilliant things that surprise and delight by their unexpectedness; the power to comment subtly and pointedly on the foibles of the passing scene






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






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