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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

Subject : english
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1. A term used to describe literary forms such as novel - play and essay






2. Overstatement; gross exaggeration for rhetorical effect






3. That element in literature that stimulates pity or sorrow






4. An abbreviated synopsis of a longer work of scholarship or research






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






6. The pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables found in poetry






7. A short - pithy statement of a generally accepted truth or sentiment






8. The grammar of meter and rhythm in poetry






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






10. The implied meaning that underlies the main meaning of a work of literature






11. The choice of words in oral and written discourse






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






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






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






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






16. The suggested or implied meaning of a word or phrase. contrast with denotation






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






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






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






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






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






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






23. 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






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






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






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






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






28. A lyric poem or passage that describes a kind of ideal life or place






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






30. A term that describes characters' excessive emotional response to experience; also nauseatingly nostalgic and mawkish






31. A parody of traditional epic form






32. The origin or derivation of a word






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






34. A story in which a second meaning is to be read beneath the surface






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






36. A version of a text put into simpler - everyday words






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






46. An adjective that follows a linking verb






47. One in which two parallel elements are set off against each other like equal weights on a scale.






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






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






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