AP English Lit Terms

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

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