general AP Lit terms

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ambiguity

the expression of an idea in language which gives more than one meaning and leave uncertainty as to the meaning

anachronsim

something out of its place in time or history

archetype

a very typical example of a certain person or thing.

concrete language

Specific, literal word usage rather than metaphorical or figurative language

connotation

the emotional implications that a word may carry; implied or associated meaning for a particular word.

denotation

the specific, exact meaning of a word; dictionary definition

details

items or parts that make up a larger picture or story

didactic

overly instructive, preachy, sermonizing

epigraph

a brief quotation at the beginning of a book or chapter

explication

close reading or analyzing work

foreshadowing

the arrangement and presentation of events and information in such a way that prepare for later events in a work

image

a word or phrase in a literary text that appeals directly to the reader's taste, touch, hearing, sight, or smell

imagery

devices which appeal to the senses: visual, tactile, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, kinetic; make a mental picture for the reader

mood

dominant impression or emotional atmosphere evoked by the text.

moral

message conveyed or a lesson to be learned

motif

a recurring concept or story element in literature.

parable

a short story to prove a point with a moral basis

syntax

the arrangement of words in a sentence, the grammar of a sentence

theme

an ingredient of a literary work which gives the work unity

tone

expresses the author's attitude toward his or her subject

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