AP English Lit Terms (part 1)

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Analogy

Comparison of parallel (but not exactly the same) cases

Anaphora

The repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses or verses.

Antithesis

The juxtaposition of contrasting ideas in balanced phrases

Aphorism

(1) A tersely phrased statement of a truth or opinion. (2) A brief statement of a principle

Assonance

The identity or similarity in sound between internal vowels in neighboring words

Asyndeton

The omission of conjunctions between words, phrases, or clauses

Chiasmus

A verbal pattern in which the second half of an expression is balanced against the first but with the parts reversed.

Allegory

The device of using character and/or story elements symbolically to represent an abstraction in addition to the literal meaning.

Alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse

Allusion

a reference to another work of literature, person, or event

Ambiguity

an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context

Analogy

drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect

Analysis

a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and unstated facts

Anaphora

the repetition of words or phrases at the beginning of consecutive lines or sentences

Anecdote

short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)

Antecedent

the word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun

Antimetabole

Repetition of words in succussive clauses in reverse grammatical order ("You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy.")

Antithesis

the juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance

Atmosphere

The emotional tone or background that surrounds a scene

Attitude

a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways

clause

(grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate but not constituting a complete sentence

Cliche

a worn-out idea or overused expression

Coherence

logical and orderly and consistent relation of parts

Colloquialism

spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Conceit

vanity or self-love; too high opinion of one's own value; extravagant metaphor (in poetry)

Concrete

language that describes qualities that can be percieved

Connotation

the associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression in addition to its explicit or primary meaning

Consonance

the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words

Denotation

the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression

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