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Literary And Rhetorical Vocab

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






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






3. Grating - inharmonious sounds






4. 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






5. When the infinitive is interrupted with another word - typically an adverb or adverbial phrase






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






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






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






9. That element in literature that stimulates pity or sorrow






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






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






12. An abstract or ideal conception of a type; a perfectly typical example; an original model or form






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






21. A figure of speech whose effectiveness has been worn out through overuse and excessive familiarity






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






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






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






25. A statement or idea that fails to follow logically from the one before






26. The background and events that lead to the presentation of the main idea or purpose of a work of literature






27. A verse with five poetic feet per line






28. The interpretation or analysis of a text






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






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






31. A person - scene - event - or other element in literature that fails to correspond with the time or era in which the work is set






32. A short tale often with nonhuman characters from which a useful lesson may be drawn






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






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






35. A work of literature dealing with rural life






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






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






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






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






40. A four-line poem or a four-line unit of a longer poem






41. deriving from the orderly qualities of ancient greek and roman culture; implies formality - objectivity - simplicity and restraint






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






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






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






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






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






47. French term for the world of books - criticism - and literature in general






48. The origin or derivation of a word






49. A form of literature in which the hero is destroyed by some character flaw and a set of forces that causes the hero considerable anguish






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