120 AP Literary Terms

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

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