HHS AP English Literary Terms

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The emphasis or stress given a syllable in pronunciation.EMphasis not emPHAsis
A narration or description usually restricted to a single meaning because its events, actions, characters, settings, and objects represent specific abstractions or ideas.Characters named Hope, Faith, Charity, or Pride
The repetition of the same consonant sound in a sequence of words, usually at the beginning of a word or stressed syllable.Siara Smith sold seashells at the seashore.
A brief reference to a person, place, thing, event, or idea in history or literature.My dad is a Scrooge; he is so cheap.
A word or phrase made from the letters of another word or phrase.Heart & Earth, Death & Hated
The repetition of internal vowel sounds in nearby words that do not end the same.'aslEEp under a trEE'
A song transmitted orally from generation to generation that tells a story and is eventually written down.'All of my Love' -Led Zeppelin
Language that is discordant and difficult to pronounce.'And the mome raths outgrabe'- Jabberwocky
A pause within a line of poetry that contributes to the rhythm of the line.yadda yadda, yadda yadda
An idea or expression that has become tired and trite from overuse, its freshness and clarity having worn off.Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining!
A type of informal diction that reflects casual, conversational language and often includes slang expressions.'Yo dawg, what's up?'
Associations and implications that go beyond the literal meaning of a word, which derive from how the word has been commonly used and the associations people make with it.Snake: evil or dangerous
Two consecutive lines of poetry that usually rhyme and have the same meter.The last two lines of a sonnet.
Dictionary definition of a word.Snake: scaly reptile
A writer's choice of words, phrases, sentence structures, and figurative language, which combine to help create meaning.Abe Lincoln's 'Gettysburg Address'
Poetry designed to teach an ethical, moral, or religious lesson.Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven'
A derogatory term used to describe poetry whose subject is trite an whose rhythm and sounds are monotonously heavy-handed.Funny but worthless in literature.
A mournful, contemplative lyric poem written to commemorate someone who is dead.'___ for my father, who is not dead'
When one line of a poem ends without a pause and continues into the next line for its meaning.-
A brief, pointed, and witty poem that usually makes a satiric or humorous point.'I am not young enough to know everything.' Oscar Wilde
Language that is smooth and musically pleasant.'From silken Samarcand to cedar'd Lebanon.'
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Ways of using language that deviate from the literal, denotative meanings of words in order to suggest additional meanings or effects.-
A poem that may be categorized by the pattern of its lines, meter, rhythm, or stanzas.Set in stone rules.
The metrical unit by which a line of poetry is measured.-
An unintentional poem discovered in a nonpoetic context, such as a conversation, news story, or advertisement.-
Poems characterized by their nonconformity to established patterns of meter, rhyme, and staza.No rules.
A French word meaning kind or type.elegy, sonnet, sestina, villanelle, etc...
A boldly exaggerated statement that adds emphasis without intending to be literally true.I'm so hungry, I could eat Hayley's horse!
A word, phrase, or figure of speech that addresses the senses, suggesting mental pictures of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, feelings, or actions.'It's green quilt of rolling hills'
A literary device that uses contradictory statements or situations to reveal a reality different from what appears to be true.He choked on a life saver.
A light, humorous style of fixed form poetry.'There once was a man from Peru...'
A type of brief poem that expresses the personal emotions and thoughts of a single speaker.-
A figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things WITHOUT using like or as.'It is the east, and Siara is the sun!'
When a rhythmic pattern of stresses recurs in a poem.-
The voice of the person telling the story, not to be confused with the author's voice.Kevin in 'The Wonder Years'
A poetic stanza of eight lines, usually forming one part of a sonnet.-
A relatively lengthy lyric poem that often expresses lofty emotions in a dignified style.'___ to a Nightingale'
A term referring to the use of a word that resembles the sound it denotes.Bang! Buzz! Whoosh! Wham!
Poetry that does not conform to established patterns of meter, rhyme, and stanza.No rules.
A statement that initially appears to be contradictory but then, on closer inspection, turns out to make sense.'Death, thou shalt die.'
A form of metaphor in which human characteristics are attributed to nonhuman things.The flowers danced in the wind.
A type of open form poetry in which the poet arranges the lines of the poem so as to create a particular shape on the page.Mrs. J's broken heart poem.
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Refers to who tells us a story and how it is told.First person, third person, ominous, etc...
A play on words that relies on a word's having more than one meaning or sounding like another word.I entered ten puns into a contest hoping one would win, but 'no pun in ten did'.
A four-line stanza.'Choo! Choo! Choo! Choo! Here comes the ...'
The repetition of identical or similar sounding concluding syllables in different words.I'm a poet and I didn't know it.
A stanza consisting of exactly six lines.-
A type of fixed form poetry consisting of thirty-six lines of any length divided into six sestets and a tree-line envoy.-
A common figure of speech that makes an explicit comparison between two things by using words such as like or as.He was as red as an apple. She walked like an ape.
A fixed form of lyric poetry that consists of fourteen lines, usually written in iambic pentameter.Shakespeare!!!
A grouping of lines.The paragraph of a poem.
The emphasis, or accent, given a syllable in pronunciation.EMphasis not emPHAsis.
A person, object, image, word, or event that evokes a range of additional meaning beyond and usually more abstract than its literal significance.Freedom: American flag, eagle, Uncle Sam
The ordering of words into meaningful verbal patterns such as phrases, clauses, and sentences.-
A three-line stanza.-
The central meaning or dominant idea in a literary work.Lesson or moral of the story
The author's implicit attitude toward the reader or the people, places, and events in a work as revealed by the elements of the author's style.The author's moods and feelings.
A tercet in which all three lines rhyme.-
The opposite of hyperbole;a figure of speech that says less than is intended.AP English with Mrs. J is a breeze!
A generic term used to describe poetic lines composed in a measured rhythmical pattern, that are often, but not necessarily, rhymed.-
A type of fixed form poetry consisting of nineteen lines of any length divided into six stanzas: five tercets and a concluding quatrain.-

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