general AP Lit terms

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the expression of an idea in language which gives more than one meaning and leave uncertainty as to the meaning


something out of its place in time or history


a very typical example of a certain person or thing.

concrete language

Specific, literal word usage rather than metaphorical or figurative language


the emotional implications that a word may carry; implied or associated meaning for a particular word.


the specific, exact meaning of a word; dictionary definition


items or parts that make up a larger picture or story


overly instructive, preachy, sermonizing


a brief quotation at the beginning of a book or chapter


close reading or analyzing work


the arrangement and presentation of events and information in such a way that prepare for later events in a work


a word or phrase in a literary text that appeals directly to the reader's taste, touch, hearing, sight, or smell


devices which appeal to the senses: visual, tactile, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, kinetic; make a mental picture for the reader


dominant impression or emotional atmosphere evoked by the text.


message conveyed or a lesson to be learned


a recurring concept or story element in literature.


a short story to prove a point with a moral basis


the arrangement of words in a sentence, the grammar of a sentence


an ingredient of a literary work which gives the work unity


expresses the author's attitude toward his or her subject

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