AP English Lit Terms

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A type of symbolism in which everything in a work is representative of something (i.e. 'Young Goodman Brown')
A form of reasoning in which two statements are made and a conclusion is drawn from them
A brief, clever, often memorable statement
A grammatical mood expressing commands, direct requests and prohibitions
A literary term referring to how a person, situation, statement, or circumstance is not as it would actually seem; many times it is the exact opposite of what it appears to be. Typ
A statement that seems to be self-contradicting but, in fact, is true
A two syllable foot with an unaccented syllable followed by an accented one
The manner in which an author expresses his or her attitude; the intonation of the voice that expresses meaning
A composition that imitates the style of another composition normally for comic effect
The devices used in effective or persuasive language
A line containing five feet
The use of words to mean something other than their literal meaning
The management of language for a specific effect
Word choice
To change
A conventional pattern, expression, character, or idea
The vantage point of a story in which the narrator can know, see, and report whatever he or she chooses
A type of figurative language in which a statement is made that says that one thing is something else but, literally, it is not
Any of several possible vantage points from which a story is told
A general phrase for the linguistic devices or techniques that a writer can use
The techniques of deploying the sound of words, especially in poetry
Characterized by incongruities or distortions
A speech in which a character who is alone speaks his or her thoughts aloud
Songlike
A sentence that is not grammatically complete until the final clause or phrase
DefinitionTerm
Phrases or sentences with very similar grammatical structure
A figure of speech using indirection to avoid offensive bluntness (i.e. 'passed away' as opposed to 'died')
Explicitly instructive
A quality of some fictional narrators whose word the reader can trust
The main thought expressed by a work, the meaning of the work as a whole
The background to a story; the physical location of a play, story, or novel
The actual meaning of something
The use of words whose sound suggests their meaning
Writing that seeks to arouse a reader's disapproval of an object by ridicule
The mode of expression in language; the characteristic manner of expression of an author
Bits of information given by the author to better develop the work
Repetition of vowel sounds
The use of material unrelated to the subject of a work
Exaggeration
A line of four feet
Referencing a well known work (such as Shakespeare's many references to the Bible)
Something that is simultaneously itself and a sign of something else
A pair or group of words that has a subject and predicate, but is not a sentence on its own; part of a sentence
Intentional vagueness
Implied meaning of a word
Direct address of an abstract person or object
The author's feeling
Rhyme that occurs in a single line of verse
Preceding in time or order; pre-existing
A metrical line of verse consisting of six feet
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The theme, meaning, or position that a writer undertakes to prove or support
A directly expressed comparison; a figure of speech comparing two objects, usually with 'like,' 'as,' or 'than.'
The methods involved in telling a story; the procedures used by a writer of stories or accounts
Literal meaning of a word
Normally a fourteen-line iambic pentameter poem
Poetry that is not written in traditional meter but is still rhythmical
Unrhymed iambic pentameter
The omission of a word or several words that would otherwise be required by the remaining elements
A metrical foot consisting of one long and two short syllables or of one stressed and two unstressed syllables
Usually a repeated grouping of three or more lines with the same meter and rhyme scheme
A characteristic of a literary genre (often unrealistic) that is understood and accepted by audiences because it has come, through usage and time, to be recognized as a familiar te
A figurative use of language that endows the nonhuman (ideas, inanimate objects, animals, abstractions) with human characteristics
The framework, or arrangement of materials within a work; the relationship of the parts of a work to the whole; the logical divisions of a work
A seven-line stanza of iambic pentameter rhymed ababbcc, used by Chaucer and other medieval poets
A traditional form for English poetry, commonly used for epic and narrative poetry; it refers to poems constructed from a sequence of rhyming pairs of iambic pentameter lines. The
A question asked for effect, not in expectation of a reply
A story designed to suggest a principle, illustrate a moral, or answer a question
A combination of opposites; the union of contradictory terms
All of the sensory perceptions referred to in a work; words or phrases used to create a 'mental picture'
Repetition of initial sounds in a set of words
A line with a pause at the end
A three-line stanza rhymed aba, bcb, cdc
The special language of a profession or group
Alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter
The structure of a sentence; the arrangement of words in a sentence

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