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general AP Lit terms

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ambiguity
the expression of an idea in language which gives more than one meaning and leave uncertainty as to the meaning
anachronsim
something out of its place in time or history
archetype
a very typical example of a certain person or thing.
concrete language
Specific, literal word usage rather than metaphorical or figurative language
connotation
the emotional implications that a word may carry; implied or associated meaning for a particular word.
denotation
the specific, exact meaning of a word; dictionary definition
details
items or parts that make up a larger picture or story
didactic
overly instructive, preachy, sermonizing
epigraph
a brief quotation at the beginning of a book or chapter
explication
close reading or analyzing work
foreshadowing
the arrangement and presentation of events and information in such a way that prepare for later events in a work
image
a word or phrase in a literary text that appeals directly to the reader's taste, touch, hearing, sight, or smell
imagery
devices which appeal to the senses: visual, tactile, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, kinetic; make a mental picture for the reader
mood
dominant impression or emotional atmosphere evoked by the text.
moral
message conveyed or a lesson to be learned
motif
a recurring concept or story element in literature.
parable
a short story to prove a point with a moral basis
syntax
the arrangement of words in a sentence, the grammar of a sentence
theme
an ingredient of a literary work which gives the work unity
tone
expresses the author's attitude toward his or her subject