120 AP Literary Terms

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Definition/ExampleLiterary Term
Ex: All nerds wear glasses
The running over of a sentence from one verse or stanza to the next in poetry
The ryhtmical pattern of a poem
Figure of speech where the subject is not alive
Ex: Arrayed and Said or Fine and Rhyme
The use of humor to ridicule and expose the shortcomings and failings of society
A witty, pointed, terse saying
The repeated use of the same grammatical structure in a sentence
The atmosphere or feeling a literary work gives the reader
An error in diction caused by the substitution of one word for another similar in sound but different in meaning
Ex: much of the spoken language in Huckleberry Finn
A character who contrasts with the main character
The repetition at close intervals of the final consonant sounds of accented syllables or important words
A protagonist who carries the action of the literary piece but does not embody the classic characteristics of courage, strength and nobility
The writer's or speaker's attitude
A label given to a literary work whose main purpose is to give guidance in moral, ethical, or religious matters
The main character or force which creates conflict
Extravagant language
A short, emotionally expressive poem
A usually formal poem expressing sorrow or lamentation for the dead
A short pithy statement of a principle or precept
An element within a story that is out of its time frame
A two syllable beat with a stressed and then an unstressed syllable
A poem, play, or story that celebrates and idealizes a simple life
A rhetorical device consisting of a switch in the normal word order
The main character
A harsh combination of sounds
Seize the day
Latin for 'in the middle of things'
A pause in a line of poetry
Any writing that isn't poetry or drama
Ex: boom, crash, bang, jitterbug
Word Choice
Ex: To sit in solemn silence'
A short speech made by an actor onstage to the audience
A form of satire that elevates low characters and low situations by using elevated language in literary traditions of the epic
The art of effective communication, especially persuasive discourse
One who changes as the result of actions in the plot
Traditionally a fourteen line love poem
Any literary work with a happy ending
Definition/ExampleLiterary Term
The stage setting of a play
Hints of what is to come
Non-literal language
'God from the machine'
Ex: FOR ti fy
A radical change in a character
A character, situation or symbol that is familiar to people from all cultures because it occurs frequently in literature, myth, religion or folklore
A literary type classified by form and technique
A satirical imitation of a poem or other writing
Poetry with no fixed metrical pattern or representation
An emotional cleansing through expression of emotion
The time and place in which the action of the plot occurs
Attribution of human characteristics to an animal or inanimate object
A figure of speech in which an explicit comparison is made between two unlike things
A metaphor developed at length
A dramatic monologue
Two succesive rhyming lines
A story that explains the origins of God's heroes or natural phenomenon
Repetition of a line, stanza, or phrase
A sudden flash of insight
Humorous use of a word involving two interpretations of meaning
Narrow in point of view or approach
Compares an unfamiliar object or place by comparing it to the familiar
The telling of a story or an account of an event or series of events
Anything that appeals to the senses
The arrangement of details in such an order that the unimportant suddenly appears at the point where the critical detail should be
A reference to something in previous literature or history
Insolence, arrogance, or pride...leads to the protagonist's downfall
A simple one-dimensional character
Ex: I'm so hungry that I could eat a horse
The use of a proper noun as a common name
A statement of the opposite of what is meant. bitter or cutting speech
The organizational pattern of a work
The opposite of hyperbole
A stereotypical character
Ex: bittersweet living, living death, jumbo shrimp
A sentence that delivers its point at the end
A recording of the thoughts and emotional experience of a character on one or more levels of consciousness
Ex: Owen goes over the ocean
The perspective from which a story is told
Definition/ExampleLiterary Term
A four line stanza
The way an author chooses to join words into phrases, clauses, and sentences
Ex: All hands on deck
A literary form in which some or all of the characters are embodiments of abstract ideas. A story which carries a second meaning
A smooth, pleasant arrangement of sounds
A complex or far-fetched comparison
The opposite of parallel construction
The quality of a literary work which appeals to emotion
Something that has a deeper meaning
The central idea of a literary work
What a word suggests beyond its basic definition
Ex: any soap opera
Language describing ideas and qualities rather than specific things. people, or places
A story where the conflict overcomes the main character
Quality of being intentionally unclear
A character centering about a single quality, one that does not grow or change during the action of the plot
An interruption by the introduction of an earlier event or past experience
Ex: 'she passed away' as opposed to 'she died'
Elevating someone to the level of God
A word's most literal and limited meaning
The way a writer uses language
The events following the resolution of the final conflict of the plot
A short narrative poem written in songlike stanza form
Ex: My only love sprung from my only hate
Short story illustraing a moral or religious lesson
A brief quotation at the beginning of a literary work
A reasonable conclusion drawn by the reader
10 syllable line made up of 5 feet with each foot containing an unaccented followed by an accented syllable
The ability of a work to appeal to a wide segment of the reading public
The expression of the opposite of what is intended
A word or group of words used to characterize a person.
The true, actual events...not figurative
A figure of speech that replaces the name of something with a word or phrase closely associated with it
Two ideas presented closely together for contrast
Unrhymed poetry written in iambic pentameter
An all-knowing narrator
A humorous play depending on an exaggerated, improbable situation
A three beat rhythm with two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable
The struggle in the plot
A comparison using like, as, or so

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