120 AP Literary Terms

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

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