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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. Personal - reflective poetry that reveals the speaker's thoughts and feelings about the subject

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

3. A story containing unreal - imaginary features

4. 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

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

6. An imaginary story that has become an accepted part of the cultural or religious tradition of a group or society

7. A forceful sermon - lecture or tirade

8. A novel focusing on and describing social customs and habits of a particular social group

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

10. Language that describes specific - observable things

11. An imitation of a work meant to ridicule its style and subject

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

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

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

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

16. 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

17. The grammar of meter and rhythm in poetry

18. Two or more independent clauses

19. Overstatement; gross exaggeration for rhetorical effect

20. In contrast to Dionysian - it refers to the most noble - godlike qualities of human nature and behavior

21. The pattern of rhymes within a given poems

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

23. A group of two or more lines in poetry combined according to subject matter - rhyme or some other plan

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

25. Issues a comand

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

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

28. Pleasing - harmonious sounds

29. The manner in which an author uses and arranges words - shapes ideas - forms sentences and creates a structure to convey ideas

30. A work of literature dealing with rural life

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

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

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

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

35. Similar to the truth; the quality of realism in a work that persuades readers that they are getting a vision of life as it is

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

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

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

40. The interpretation or analysis of a text

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

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

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

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

45. Ordinary or familiar - used to describe diction

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

47. A discrepancy between the true meaning of a situation and the literal meaning of the written or spoken words

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

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

50. A saying or proverb expressing common wisdom or truth