120 AP Literary Terms

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

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