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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. The suggested or implied meaning of a word or phrase. contrast with denotation






2. 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






3. The dictionary definition of a word. contrast with connotation






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






5. An eight-line rhyming stanza of a poem






6. A device employed in anglo-saxon poetry in which the name of a thing is replaced by one of its functions or qualities






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






8. A forceful sermon - lecture or tirade






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






10. The main character in a work of literature






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






12. A phrase - idea or event that through representation serves to unify or convey a theme in a work of literature






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






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






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






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






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






18. Grating - inharmonious sounds






19. The use of one object to evoke ideas and associations not literally part of the original object






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






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






22. One of the ancient greek goddesses presiding over the arts. the imaginary source of inspiration for an artist or writer






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






24. An episodic novel about a roguelike wanderer who lives off his wits






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






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






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






28. A cleansing of the spirit brought about by the pity and terror of a dramatic tragedy






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






30. A figurative comparison using the words like or as






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






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






33. In poetry - the use of successive lines with no punctuation or pause between them






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






35. A term for the title character of a work of literature






36. A sentence with one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses






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






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






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






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






41. 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






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






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






44. The anglo-saxon language spoken in what is now england from approximately 450 to 1150 AD






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






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






47. in literature - the use of an artificial device or gimmick to solve a problem






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






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






50. 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