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AP English Lit Vocab
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The opposite of hyperbole in which the idea is intensified by understatement.
Expresses similar or related ideas in similar grammatical structures.
The placing next to a noun another noun or phrase that explains it.
Writing in which conjunctions are omitted, producing a fast paced and rapid prose.
The repetition of a word or phrase that ends one sentence at the beginning of the next sentence.
The use of several conjunctions in close succession in order to slow the pace of writing.
The regular repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of successive phrases or clauses
The repetition of vowel sounds within words.
Writing that tries to move the reader to act in a certain way.
Writing that uses sensory details, vivid and precise language, and adjectives and adverbs that paint a picture.
Writing that shows the similarities and differences between two or more things, people, places, or ideas.
Writing that examines the relationship between events and explains how one event or situation causes another.
Writing that tells a story, whether fiction or non-fiction.
Writing that gives explanations or information.
Creating a pleasing effect by combining words or phonetic elements in spoken words to produce harmonious sounds.
Stating a disagreeable truth in agreeable language.
Creating a harsh effect by combining words that emphasize guttural, coarse sounds.
To ridicule another work, usually serious in nature, by imitating it in a nonsensical fashion.
The omission of one or more words which, while essential to the grammatical structure of the sentence or line, are easily supplied by the reader.
The use of humor to emphasize human weakness or imperfections in social institutions.
The manner in which words are arranged into sentences.
The art of presenting ideas in a clear, effective, and persuasive manner.
A word formed from the imitation of natural sounds.
A comparison of two different things that are similar in some way.
A literary or dramatic character who undergoes little or no inner change.
Point Of View
The angle or vision from which a story is told.
Bitter or cutting speech.
The sequence of incidents or events of which a story or play is composed.
A compact verbal paradox in which two successive words seemingly contradict each other.
The representation through language of sense experience.
A moment or event in which a character achieves a spiritual insight into life or circumstances.
A character who changes in significant ways.
The main character in fiction drama.
A figure of speech that makes a comparison between two seemingly unlike things by using connective words such as like, an, than, or resembles.
The writer or speaker's attitude toward the audience.
The character or opponent of the hero or protagonist.
The repetition of the same or similar consonant sounds in words that are close together.
A play on words.
Reversal of normal word order in a sentence.
A writer or speaker's choice of words.
The use of clues to hint at events that will occur later in the plot.
A figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion or to create comic effect.
A figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things without using like, as, than, or resembles.
A reference, explicit or implicit, to something in previous literature or history.
A figure of speech in which human attributes are given to animal, an object, or a concept.
A japanese verse form consisting of three lines and usually seventeen syllables.
A person, place, or event that stands for both itself and something beyond itself.
A statement or a situation that seems to be a contradiction but that reveals a truth.
A clash of actions, desires, ideas, or goals in the plot of a story or drama.
A question that is asked though the answer is already known.
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