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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

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






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






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






4. One independent clause and no dependent clause






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






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






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






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






9. Personal - reflective poetry that reveals the speaker's thoughts and feelings about the subject






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






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






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






13. Two or more independent clauses






14. A sentence containing a deliberate omission of words






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






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






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






18. 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






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






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






21. A belief that emphasizes faith and optimism in human potential and creativity






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






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






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






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






26. A noun that renames the subject






27. Ordinary or familiar - used to describe diction






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






29. A novel in which supernatural horrors and an atmosphere of unknown terrors pervades the action






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






31. 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






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






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






34. In contrast to literal language - implies meanings






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






36. 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






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






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






39. The use of insincere or overdone sentimentality






40. The interpretation or analysis of a text






41. The work of poets - particularly those of the seventeenth century - that uses elaborate conceits - is highly intellectual - and expresses the complexities of love and life






42. A complex sentence in which the main clause comes first and the subordinate clause follows






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






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






45. An adjective that follows a linking verb






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






47. The works considered most important in a national literature or period; works widely read and studied






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






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






50. A literary form in which events are exaggerated in order to create an extreme emotional response