120 AP Literary Terms

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

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