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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. 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






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






3. The use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning






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






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






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






7. The pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables that make up a line of poetry






8. A structure that provides premise or setting for a narrative






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






10. Pleasing - harmonious sounds






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






12. A piece of writing that reveals weaknesses - faults - frailties - or other shortcomings






13. A story containing unreal - imaginary features






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






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






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






17. An adjective that follows a linking verb






18. A latin term for a narrative that starts not at the beginning of events but at some other critical point






19. A figure of speech whose effectiveness has been worn out through overuse and excessive familiarity






20. A direct verbal assault; a denunciation






21. Grating - inharmonious sounds






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






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






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






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






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






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






28. A lyric poem or passage that describes a kind of ideal life or place






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






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






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






32. A witty or ingenious thought; a diverting or highly fanciful idea - often stated in figurative language






33. A synonym for view or feeling; also a refined and tender emotion in literature






34. Inflated - pretentious language used for trivial subjects






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






36. 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






37. 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






38. 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






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






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






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






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






43. A figure of speech that uses the name of one thing to represent something else with which it is associated






44. The grammar of meter and rhythm in poetry






45. A term that describes characters' excessive emotional response to experience; also nauseatingly nostalgic and mawkish






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






47. Sentence with interrogative pronouns






48. A work of literature dealing with rural life






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






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