120 AP Literary Terms

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

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