The Black Cat Vocab and Poetry Terms

atrocity
state of being wicked, cruel, brutal

bravado
a pretentious, swaggering display of courage

dignify
to confer honor or dignity upon

docile
easily managed or handled

domesticated
tamed as a pet or in close association with humans

expound
to set forth or state in detail; to explain

exulting
to show or feel a lively triumphant joy

falsify
to make false or incorrect

homely
unattractive; lacking beauty

knowledgeable
possesing or exhibiting knowledge, insight; well informed

odious
deserving or causing hatred; hateful

provoked
to anger, enrage, or vex; to arouse or stir up

rationalize
to ascribe one’s acts to causes that seem reasonable and valid

somberly
gloomily, depressingly, dark; dull

substantial
of ample or considerable amount, quantity

succinctly
expressed in few words, consise; terse

succumbed
to give way to superior force; yield

temperament
combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person

rhyme scheme
method of analyzing the rhyme pattern in a poem

alliteration
the repetition of sounds at the beginning of words

assonance
repetition of vowel sounds between words

consonance
repetition of consonant sounds between words

internal rhyme
rhyming words withing a line

repetition
the repeated use of the same word or phrase in a poem

allusion
a reference, within a literary work to another work of fiction, a film, a piece of art, or even a real event. Often refers to mythology, history, religious, and literary texts

volume
a book, usually in a series of books

surcease
an end

beguiling
deceptively charming or enchanting someone

decorum
proper behavior and modesty

countenance
face of expression

placid
tranquil, calm

pallid
pale in the face

divining
discover something by guesswork or intuition

respite
short period of rest

dirge
mourningful song, usually played in the time of death of sadness

discourse
conversation or speaking

Nepenthe
an island or drink that helps forget sorrow

tempest
a strong storm or wind

what is Gilead?
a place that contains balm of soothing power