AP English Lit Terms

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

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