Literture Final Exam Notes

Decent Essays
1st Semester Exam Review Questions English 4

1. Beowulf
2. “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”
3. Canterbury Tales “Prologue”
4. “The Pardoner’s Tale” from CT
5. Sonnets
6. Elements of Style

author’s names

Terms (know by definition, characteristics or example).
1. Kenning: two-word poetic renamings of people, places, and things such as the kenning whales’ home for the sea ex from Beowulf: “I have come so far, / Oh shelterer of warriors and your people’s loved friend, / That this one favor you should not refuse me.”
2. Alliteration: the repitition of initial consonant sounds in accented syllables ex from Beowulf: “up from his swamland, sliding
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Spenserian sonnet: rhymes abab bcbc cdcdee
29. Petrarchan sonnet: divided into an eight-line octave, rhyming abba abba, followed by a six-line sestet, rhyming cdecde
30. sonnet sequence: the one hundred or so sonnets are linked by theme or person addresed
31. rhyming couplet: often a dramatic statement that resolves, restates, or redefines the central problem of the sonnet
32. end rhyme scheme: the rhyme comes at the end of the lines.
Ex: It runs through the reeds And away it proceeds, Through meadow and glade, In sun and in shade.
33. end-stopped line: A poetic line that has a pause at the end.
34. Imagery: word pictures
35. apostrophe: is when an absent person, an abstract concept, or an important object is directly addressed.
Ex: With how sad steps, O moon, thou climbest the skies. Busy old fool, unruly sun.
36. Motif: *A recurrent thematic element in an artistic or literary work. *A dominant theme or central idea.
37. unrequited: means not returned ex: unrequited love because he loved her but she did not love him in return
38. Christmas:
Holiday season which most action takes place in “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”
39. wyrd: fate; destiny

Canterbury Tales
CT pilgrimage was from London to Canterbury. 31# travelers were to tell 4# stories each on the journey. Purpose was ______________________. Characters from CT:
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