120 AP Literary Terms

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

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