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Terms from List of Literary Terms AP English III For examples, see:

antithesis

a statement in which two opposing ideas are balanced

aphorism

a concise statement which succinctly a general truth or idea, often using rhyme or balance

apostrophe

a figure of speech in which an author directly addresses an absent or imaginary person

archetype

a character type that occurs frequently in literature and myth

argument

a statement of the meaning or main point of a literary work; an alignment of reasons compelling belief

asyndeton

an expression in which elements are presented in a series without conjunctions

balanced sentence

a sentence in which words, or phrases, are set off against each other, to emphasize a contrast

bathos

insincere, over sentimental, pathos

chiasmus

a statement consisting of two parallel parts in which the second part is structurally reversed

cliche

expression that has been over used to an extent that its freshness has been worn off

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