120 AP Literary Terms

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

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