AP English Lit Terms

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

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