12 terms

AP Lit Terms

6th Period definitions of memorized words
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Couplet
A two-line unit of poetry unified by rhyme and idea
Metaphor
An implied comparison
Simile
An explicit comparison using like or as
Personification
Giving human characteristics to something that is not human
Irony
An apparent contradiction involving humor or mockery
Allusion
A reference to another work or incident intending to invoke the full connotation of that work or incident
Alliteration
The repetition of initial consonant sounds
Consonance
The repetition of internal and ending consonant sounds
Assonance
The repetition of vowel sounds
Onomatopoeia
When the pronunciation of a word is similar to the sound the word describes
Rhyme
A pattern of similar sounds at the ends of a poem's lines
Iamb
A two-syllable foot of meter with the stress on the second syllable