120 AP Literary Terms

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

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