120 AP Literary Terms

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

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