AP English Lit Terms

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

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