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AP Literary Terms

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1. A sentence that follows the customary word order of English sentences - i.e. subject-verb-object. The main idea of the sentence is presented first and is then followed by one or more subordinate clauses

2. The work of poets - particularly those of the seventeenth century - that uses elaborate conceits - is highly intellectual - and expresses the complexities of love and life

3. A work of literature meant to ridicule a subject; a grotesque imitation

4. A figure of speech in which objects and animals are given human characteristics

5. The background and events that lead to the presentation of the main idea or purpose of a work of literature

6. The implied meaning that underlies the main meaning of a work of literature

7. A work of fiction of roughly 20 -000 to 50 -000 words--longer than a short story - but shorter than a novel

8. An abstract or ideal conception of a type; a perfectly typical example; an original model or form

9. A short tale often featuring nonhuman characters that act as people whose actions enable the author to make observations or draw useful lessons about human behavior

10. A rhetorical opposition or contrast of ideas by means of a grammatical arrangement of words - clauses - or sentences: 'They promised freedom but provided slavery'

11. A saying or proverb containing a truth based on experience and often couched in metaphorical language

12. A literary form in which events are exaggerated in order to create an extreme emotional response

13. The repetition of two or more vowel sounds in a group of words or lines in poetry and prose

14. A pair of rhyming lines in a poem

15. A kind of poetry without rhymed lines - rhythm - or fixed metrical feet

16. The structural form of a line of verse as revealed by the number of feet it contains. For example: monometer = 1foot; tetrameter = 4 feet; pentameter = 5 feet - and so forth

17. A lyric poem usually marked by serious - respectful - and exalted feeling towards the subject

18. The interrelationship among the events in a story; the plot line is the pattern of events - including exposition - rising action - climax - falling action - and resolution.

19. A word or phrase representing that which can be seen - touched - tasted - smelled - or felt

20. The choice of words in oral and written discourse

21. The interpretation or analysis of a text.

22. A term consisting of contradictory elements juxtaposed to create a paradoxical effect

23. An adjective or phrase that expresses a striking quality of a person or thing - ex. sun-bright topaz - sun-lit lake - sun-bright lake

24. A statement or idea that fails to follow logically from the one before

25. Poetry written in iambic pentameter - the primary meter used in English poetry and the works of Shakespeare and Milton

26. A vagueness of meaning; a conscious lack of clarity meant to evoke multiple meanings and interpretation

27. A term for the title character of a work of literature

28. A variety of poetry meant to entertain or amuse - but sometimes with a satirical thrust

29. A figure of speech in which a part signifies the whole ('fifty masts' for fifty ships) or the whole signifies the part ('days' for life - as in 'He lived his days in Canada'). Also when the name of the material stands for the thing itself ('pigskin'

30. The excessive pride that often leads tragic heroes to their death

31. French term for the world of books - criticism - and literature in general

32. A verse with five poetic feet per line

33. A sharp - caustic expression or remark; a bitter jibe or taunt; different from irony - which is more subtle

34. An abbreviated synopsis of a longer work of scholarship or research

35. A term that describes characters' excessive emotional response to experience; also nauseatingly nostalgic and mawkish

36. A simple narrative verse that tells a story that is sung or recited

37. A belief that emphasizes faith and optimism in human potential and creativity

38. A story containing unreal - imaginary features

39. A work of literature dealing with rural life

40. The use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning

41. The works considered most important in a national literature or period; works widely read and studied

42. A highly regarded work of literature or other art form that has withstood the test of time

43. The high point - or turning point - of a story or play

44. The relation in which a narrator or speaker stands to the story or subject matter of a poem.

45. As distinguished from Apollonian - the word refers to sensual - pleasure-seeking impulses

46. A tale in which a young protagonist experiences an introduction to adulthood. The character may develop understanding via disillusionment - education - doses of reality - or any other experiences that alter his or her emotional or intellectual maturi

47. A novel in which supernatural horrors and an atmosphere of unknown terrors pervades the action

48. A detailed analysis or interpretation of a work of literature

49. The suggested or implied meaning of a word or phrase

50. A group of two or more lines in poetry combined according to subject matter - rhyme - or some other plan