a list of common ap literary terms for students
the repetition of initial identical consonant sounds or iny vowel sound in successive or closely associated syllables. Ex: fair breeze blew, the white foam flew...
a reference to another work of literature, person, or event
unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words
a type of poem that is meant to be sung and is both lyric and narrative in nature
unrhymed verse (usually in iambic pentameter)
suggested or implied meaning of an expression
a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse
A writer's or speaker's choice of words
Rhyme that occurs at the end of two or more lines of poetry
the continuation of meaning, without pause or break, from one line of poetry to the next
a long narrative poem telling of a hero & deeds
Writing or speech that is used to create vivid impressions by setting up comparisons between dissimilar things, [examples are metaphor, simile, and personification.
Poetry that does not have a regular meter or rhyme scheme
a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed syllables
A concrete representation of a sense impression, a feeling, or an idea.
rhyme between words that occurs within a single line of poetry
incongruity or discrepancy between the implied and expected; verbal, dramatic, situational
a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things without the use of such specific words of comparison as like, as, than, or resembles
the overall emotion created by a work of literature
a theme or idea in a work of art or literature that is developed or repeated
using words that imitate the sound they denote
n. a figure of speech combining apparently contradictory terms, e.g., visible darkness
a verse line having five metrical feet
the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
a speech, passage, or event coming before the main speech or event
a humorous play on words
a stanza of four lines
a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
The process of marking lines of poetry to show the type of feet and the number of feet they contain
a verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme
Anything that stands for or represents something else.
the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
the statement expressed or implied that a text seems to be making about its subject
Organizational rules specifying word order, sentence organization, and word relationships.
A direct comparison made between two unlike things, using a word of comparison such as like, as, than, such as, or resembles.
A pattern of end rhymes in a poem; noted by assigning a letter of the alphabet, beginning with a, to each line; lines that rhyme are given the same letter.
point of view
angle from which a story is told (first person, third person, etc.)
A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
A regularly repeated line or group of lines in a poem or song
A regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry
A fine line humerous poem rhyming aabba
A Japanese poem with 3 lines, 5-7-5 syllables, freq. about nature
end stopped line
A line that ends with a natural speech pause, usually marked by punctuation.
Dictionary definition of a word
An expression that has been overused to the extent that its freshness has worn off