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AP Literary Terms

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1. A synonym for poetry. Also a group of lines in a song or poem; also a single line of poetry

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

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

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

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

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

7. A parody of traditional epic form. It usually treats a frivolous topic with extreme seriousness - using conventions such as invocations to the Muse - action-packed battle scenes - and accounts of heroic exploits.

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

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

10. A character whose name appears in the title of the novel or play; also known as the eponymous character

11. The dictionary definition of a word

12. The interpretation or analysis of a text.

13. A brief explanation - summary - or evaluation of a text or work of literature

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

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

16. One of the ancient Greek goddesses presiding over the arts. The imaginary source of inspiration for an artist or writer

17. A direct verbal assault; a denunciation

18. A mode of expression in which the intended meaning is the opposite of what is stated - often implying ridicule or light sarcasm; a state of affairs or events that is the reverse of what might have been expected

19. The quickness of intellect and the power and talent for saying brilliant things that suprise and delight by their unexpectedness; the power to comment subtly and pointedly on the foibles of the passing scene

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

21. The resolution that occurs at the end of a play or work of fiction

22. 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.

23. A rendering of a quotation in which actual words are not stated but only approximated or paraphrased

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

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

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

27. A quick succession of images or impressions used to express an idea

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

29. The language of a work and its style; words - often highly emotional - used to convince or sway an audience

30. A statement that seems self-contradictory but is nevertheless true

31. 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

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

33. The emotional tone in a work of literature

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

35. A lyric poem or passage that describes a kind of ideal life or place

36. That element in literature that stimulates pity or sorrow

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

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

39. A device employed in Anglo-Saxon poetry in which the name of a thing is replaced by one of its functions or qualities - as in 'ring-giver' for king and 'whale-road' for ocean

40. A four-line poem or a four-line unit of a longer poem

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

42. Faulty reasoning that inappropriately ascribes human feelings to nature or nonhuman objects

43. A circumstance in which the audience or reader knows more about a situation than a character - ex. Oedipus Rex

44. A list of works cited or otherwise relevant to a subject or other work.

45. The role or facade that a character assumes or depicts to a reader - a viewer - or the world at large

46. 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

47. Similar to the truth; the quality of realism in a work that persuades readers that they are getting a vision of life as it is.

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

49. A verse with five poetic feet per line

50. Novels written for mass consumption - often emphasizing exciting and titillating plots