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AP Literary Terms

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1. The Anglo-Saxon language spoken in what is now England from approximately 450 to 1150 A.D.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. The pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables that make up a line of poetry

9. A novel focusing on and describing the social customs and habits of a particular social group

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

11. The language spoken in England roughly between 1150 and 1500 A.D.

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

13. Also called figure of speech. In contrast to literal language - it implies meanings. Includes metaphors - similes - and personification - among others.

14. A pair of rhyming lines in a poem

15. A structure that provides premise or setting for a narrative

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

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

18. A return to an earlier time in a story or play in order to clarify present action or circumstances.

19. A phrase - idea - or event that through repetition serves to unify or convey a theme in a work of literature

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

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

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

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

24. A French verse form calculated to appear simple and spontaneous but consisting of nineteen lines and a prescribed pattern of rhymes

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

26. The pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables found in poetry

27. A verse with five poetic feet per line

28. A direct verbal assault; a denunciation

29. A mild or less negative usage for a harsh or blunt term; i.e. 'pass away' instead of 'die'

30. A story containing unreal - imaginary features

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

32. The general form - pattern - and manner of expression of a work of literature

33. A sentence that departs from the usual word order of English sentences by expressing its main though only at the end. In other words - the particulars in the sentence are presented before the idea they support.

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

35. The main idea or meaning - often an abstract idea upon which a work of literature is built

36. French for a novel in which hisotrical events and actual people appear under the guise of fiction

37. That element in literature that stimulates pity or sorrow

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

39. The interpretation or analysis of a text.

40. The total environment for the action in a novel or play. It includes time - place - historical milieu - and social - political - and even spiritual circumstances

41. Overstatement; gross exaggeration for rhetorical effect

42. A discrepancy between the true meaning of a situation and the literal meaning of the written or spoken words

43. 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

44. Three periods (. . .) indicating the omission of words in a thought or quotation

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

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

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

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

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

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