English Vocab

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English Vocab
2011-05-11 23:21:38

AP English Vocab set 14
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  1. Pastiche
    A literary, musical, or artistic piece consisting wholly or chiefly of motifs or techniques borrowed from one or more sources. (Star Wars series)
  2. Pastoral
    Pertaining to the country or to life in the country; rural; rustic. (The Faithful Shepherdess)
  3. Pathos
    The quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion. (Romeo & Juliet)
  4. Periphrasis
    The use of an unnecessarily long or roundabout form of expression; circumlocution. ("The big man upstairs hears your prayers.")
  5. Persona
    The narrator of or a character in a literary work, sometimes identified with the author. (In Homage to Sextus Propertius)
  6. Personification
    The attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions, especially as a rhetorical figure. ("Wind yells while blowing")
  7. Philology
    The study of literary texts and of written records, the establishment of their authenticity and their original form, and the determination of their meaning. (The records of the ancient Chinese are ransacked for notices of astronomical or meteorological phenomena)
  8. Phoneme
    The basic distinctive units of speech sound by which morphemes, words, and sentences are represented. (Rip vs. Lip/ r and l)
  9. Picaresque Novel
    A story or account of events, experiences, or the like, whether true or fictitious. (Sadness of Parting)
  10. Poetic Justice
    An ideal distribution of rewards and punishments such as is common in some poetry and fiction. (The "Inferno" portion of Dante's Divine Comedy)