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Arts and Humanities
AP Lang Literary Devices Terms
Terms in this set (36)
A part to represent a whole - "new wheels"
A word used to represent another word or idea - "white house"
Seemingly contradictory statement that could be true
less offensive term to say something - "big boned"
A statement that says less than what is meant
A comparison of two unlike things
the giving of human qualities to an animal, object, or idea
Point of view
Perspective from which the story is told
Overall feeling - adverb adjective phrase
A comparison using "like" or "as"
An object/idea that has a greater meaning
Comparison of two things
A warning or indication of a future event
Dictionary definition of a word
the implied or associative meaning of a word
A play on words
Words that produce pictures
a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases - "I eat to live, I live to eat"
juxtaposition of contrasting ideas - "witty and soft spoken"
Repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning - "I have a dream."
Using sounds to describe
Author uses something that doesn't correspond to time period
Understatement that negates - "she's NOT that stupid"
Overuse of conjunctions
pairs of contradictory words
Opposite of expected
Doubling back - repeating the word at end of sentence and the beginning of the next
Repetition of consonant sounds
Reference to known person, place, thing
Repetition of vowel sounds
Parallelism in which phrases are the same length
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