American Literature Vocabulary Words Flashcards

Terms Definitions
Arduous
difficultAdjective
phil
love
Plath
Lady LazerousDaddy
plethora
an overabundance; excess
Le Guin
Schrodeners cat
Imperious
Adjective: Arrogantly overbearingAdverb: ImperiouslyNoun: Imperiousness
The Jungle 1906
Upton Sinclair
Hemingway
the snows of kilamenjaro
dol
suffer indolent
omniscient (adj)
having total knowledge
ennui
weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom
"In Memory of Elizabeth"
Anne Bradstreet
ad
to apprehend
Autobiography, Poor Richard's Almanac
Benjamin Franklin
negligible
so small as to be meaningless
Aphorism
A brief statement, usually one sentence long, that expresses a general principle or truth about life.
"The Author to Her Book"
Anne Bradstreet
Incompetent
Adjective: Not capable, not properly or well qualifiedNoun: ImcompetenceAdverb: Incompetently
Benjamin Franklin
Very practical, invented alot of things.
saunter
walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
Symbol
A person, place, object or activity that has a concrete meaning but also stands for something beyond itself.
Eliot
The love song of J alfred prufrockTradition of the individual talent
Equivalent
Equal in quantity, force, meaning, or value
Proficient
Advanced in a particular art or science; skilled; expert; qualified.
pariah
a person who is rejected (from society or home); a social outcast
Letter from Birmingham Jail 1963
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Scarlett Letter (N)
-Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Pearl and Rodger Chillingworth
-the letter is an A and it stands for adultry
Nathaniel Hawthorne
-president of Brooke Farm
-friend of Franklin Pierce
Who used the plain style in Colonial America?
Puritans
progeny
a descendant or offspring, as a child, plant, or animal.
Verbal Irony
When someone says one thing, but means another
Author: "My list of virtues consisted of at first but twelve: But a Quaker friend having kindly informed me that I was generally thought proud..."
Benjamin Franklin, "Autobiography"
eclectic (adj)
made up of or combining elements from a variety of sources
Filial
of or expected from a son or daughter; of a parent's or parents' offspring.
Concord Hym (EP)
-contains the line: "..and fired the shot heard round the world."
-about the American Revolution
Ralph Waldo Emerson
-nickname: The Sage of Concord
-Tanscedentalist Poet
But someday somebody'll
Stand up and talk about me,
And write about me--
Black and beautiful--
And sing about me,
And put on plays about me!

I recon it'll be
Me myself!

Yes, it'll be me.



Work: Note on Commercial Theater
Speaker: Langston Hughes
Who wrote the "Pit and the Pendulum", "The Tell-Tale Heart," ?
Edgar Allan Poe
Character: "He was, moreover, esteemed by the women as a man of great erudition, for he had read several books quite through, and was a perfect master of Cotton Mather's History of New England Witchcraft, in which, by the way he most firmly and potently b
Ichabod Crane, "Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great GatsbySpeaker: Daisy (pg. 17)
"I've been everywhere and seen everything and done everything. Sophisticated--God, I'm sophisticated!"
Reason why religion became less important in America
We started caring more about, "how much wood we can chop or how much land we can plow..."
They cannot scare me with their empty spaces/Between stars-on stars where no human race is./I have it in me so much nearer home/To scare myself with my own desert places.
Robert Frost - Desert Places
Ernest Hemingway: In Our Time(pg. 147, Big Two-Hearted River: Part 2)
___ felt awkward and professionally happy with all his equipment hanging from him.
Portrait of a Lady- By: William Carlos Williams
THINGS ABOUT...- Describing the beauty of this woman- It's af the lady is whispering in the background of this poem- A lot of movement in this poem- His annoyed response to her questions show that he really may be more interested in being a poet instead of a lover- Sexual metaphors- He has two choose between his two loves, poetry or the lady
Author: "If it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law."
Henry David Thoreau, "Resistance to Civil Government"
Hamlin Garland: Under the Lion's PawSpeaker: Haskins (pg. 762, Vol C)
"I think you're a theif and a liar," shouted ___, leaping up. "A black-hearted houn'!" Butler's smile maddened him' with a sudden leap he caught a fork in his hands, and whirled it in the air. "You'll never rob another man, damn ye!"
"If you kin see de light at daybreak, you don't keer if you die at dusk. It's so many people never seen de light at all. Ah wuz fumblin' round and God opened de door."
Work: Their Eyes Were Watching GodAuthor: Zora Neale HurstonSpeaker: Janie
You know you told me something I've never forgotten and that again and again has made me think of you since; it was that tremendously hot day when we went to Sorrento, across the bay, for the breeze...Have you forgotten?
May from James' The Beast in the Jungle
Henry James: The Beast in the Jungle(pg. 448, Vol C)
Her face and her voice, all at his service now, worked the miracle--the impression operating like the torch of a lamplighter who touches into the flame, one by one, a long row of gas-jets. ___ flattered himself the illumination was brilliant, yet he was really still more pleased on her showing him, with amusement, that in his haste to make everything right he had got most things rather wrong.
T.S. Eliot: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock(pg. 1580, Vol D)
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea / By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown / Till human voices wake us, and we drown.
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