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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. Three periods (. . .) indicating the omission of words in a thought or quotation

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

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

4. Inflated - pretentious language used for trivial subjects

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

6. Providing hints of things to come in a story or play

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

8. A term used to describe literary forms such as novel - play and essay

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

10. The choice of words in oral and written discourse

11. A term that describes a line of poetry that ends with a natural pause often indicated by a mark of punctuation

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

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

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

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

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

17. A humorous play on words - using similar sounding or identical words to suggest different meanings

18. A story containing unreal - imaginary features

19. The repetition of similar sounds at regular intervals - used mostly in poetry

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

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

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

23. A work of literature meant to ridicule a subject; a grotesque imitation

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

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

26. An extended narrative about improbable events and extraordinary people in exotic places

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

28. The resolution that occurs at the end of a play or work of fiction

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

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

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

32. Two or more independent clauses

33. A series of comparisons between two unlike objects

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

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

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

37. The repetition of two or more vowel sounds in a group of words or lines of a poem

38. 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

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

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

41. A parody of traditional epic form

42. 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

43. A narrative poem that tells of the adventures and exploits of a hero

44. French for a novel in which historical events and actual people appear under the guise of fiction

45. 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

46. 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

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

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

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

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