120 AP Literary Terms

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

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