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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