120 AP Literary Terms

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

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