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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. The high point - or turning point - of a story or play

2. 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

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

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

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

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

7. The action in a play or story that occurs after the climax and that leads to the conclusion and often to the resolution of the conflict

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

9. The use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning

10. 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

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

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

13. A character or force in a work of literature that - by opposing the protagonist produces tension or conflict

14. That element in literature that stimulates pity or sorrow

15. A sharp - caustic expression or remark; a bitter jibe or taunt; less subtle than irony

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

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

18. A synonym for poetry. also - a group of lines in a song or poem; also a single line of poetry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28. 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

29. The interpretation or analysis of a text

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

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

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

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

34. A verse with five poetic feet per line

35. Three periods (. . .) indicating the omission of words in a thought or quotation

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

37. A figure of speech in which a part signifies the whole or the whole signifies the part - also when the name of a material stands for the thing itself

38. A locution that addresses a person or personified thing not present

39. A return to an earlier time in a story or play in order to clarify present actions or circumstances

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

41. A series of comparisons between two unlike objects

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

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

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

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

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

47. 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

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

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

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