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AP Literary Terms

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

2. Providing hints of things to come in a story or play

3. The use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning

4. A story containing unreal - imaginary features

5. A feeling of association or identification with an object or person

6. Personal - reflective poetry that reveals the speaker's thoughts and feelings about the subject

7. 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

8. A form of verse or prose that tells a story

9. A poem or prose selection that laments or mediates on the passing or death of something or someone of value

10. An imaginary story that has become an accepted part of the cultural or religious tradition of a group or society

11. The choice of words in oral and written discourse

12. 'In the middle of things'--a Latin term for a narrative that starts not at the beginning of events - but at some other critical point.

13. A term often used as a synonym for realism - also a view of experience that is generally characterized as bleak and pessimistic.

14. A narrative told by a character involved in the story - using first-person pronouns such as I and we.

15. A form of literature in which the hero is destroyed by some character flaw and a set of forces that cause the hero considerable anguish

16. A cleansing of the spirit brought about by the pity and terror of a dramatic tragedy

17. A unit of stressed and unstressed syllables used to determine the meter of a poetic line.

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

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

20. The depiction of people - things - and events as they really are without idealization or exaggeration for effect.

21. The repetition of similar sounds at regular intervals - used mostly in poetry.

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

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

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

25. A work of literature dealing with rural life

26. A subordinate or minor collection of events in a novel or play - usually connected to the main plot

27. A character or force in a work of literature that - by opposing the protagonist produces tension or conflict

28. A mocking - satirical assault on a person or situation

29. A style of writing in which the author tries to reproduce the random flow of thoughts in the human mind

30. 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.

31. Overstatement; gross exaggeration for rhetorical effect

32. A saying or proverb expressing common wisdom or truth

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

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

35. That element in literature that stimulates pity or sorrow

36. The act of determining the meter of a poetic line.

37. The real or assumed personality used by a writer or speaker

38. In contrast to Dionysian - it refers to the most noble - godlike qualities of human nature and behavior

39. A poet; in olden times - a performer who told heroic stories to musical accompaniment

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

41. The emotional tone in a work of literature

42. An extended narrative poem that tells of the adventures and exploits of a hero that is generally larger than life and is often considered a legendary figure - i.e. Odysseus - Beowulf - Homer's Iliad - Vergil's Aeneid.

43. A brief and often simplistic lesson that a reader may infer from a work of literature

44. A short - pithy statement of a generally accepted truth or sentiment

45. A direct verbal assault; a denunciation

46. A pause somewhere in the middle of a verse - often (but not always) marked by punctuation

47. Deriving from the orderly qualities of ancient Greek and Roman culture; implies formality - objectivity - simplicity - and restraint

48. In poetry - the use of successive lines with no punctuation or pause between them

49. Literally - 'seize the day'; enjoy life while you can - a common theme in literature

50. A story in which the narrative or characters carry an underlying symbolic - metaphorical - or possibly an ethical meaning