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AP Lit Final
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Writing of a scene evokes pity and sympathy.
Cleansing of emotion an audience member experiences.
Word used to stand for something else it has attributes of or is associated with.
Mental talking that goes on inside a character's head.
comparison. Usually involves two or more symbolic parts
The emotional tone or background that surrounds a scene.
Use of disturbing themes in a comedy.
Long, narrative poem, usually in very regular meter and rhyme.
The use of deliberately old-fashioned language.
A short and usually witty saying.
A figure of speech wherein the speaker talks directly to something that is nonhuman.
Not grammatically complete until it has reached its final phrase.
To say or write something that suggest and implies but doesn't say directly.
A secondary character whose purpose is to highlight the characteristics of a main character, usually by contrast.
Word or phrase that takes the place of a harsh reality.
Poem of sadness or grief over the death of a loved one.
A type of poetry that explores the poet's personal interpretation of and feelings about the world.
limited omniscient narrator
The third person narrator reports the thoughts and feelings of only one character.
stream of consciousness
First person but author places reader inside the main character's head and makes the reader privy to all the character's thoughts.
To imply, infer, indicate.
used to express doubt or a conditional attitude
Complete before its end.
When the audience knows something the characters do not.
A long narrative poem on a serious theme in a dignified style.
Sun-category of literature.
Switching the customary order of elements in a sentence or phrase.
Concrete and explicit, emotional meaning.
Continuation of syntactic unit from one line or couplet of a poem to the next with no pause.
Poetry written without a regular rhyme scheme or metrical patter.
A form of cheesy theater in which the hero is very, very good, the villain mean and rotten, and the heroine oh-so-pure.
When an inanimate object takes on human shape.
The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices.
The usually humorous use of a word in such a way to suggest two or more meanings.
A line or set of lines repeated several times over the course of a poem.
A question that suggests an answer.
Song for the dead.
A poem set in tranquil nature.
A story in which each aspect of the story has a symbolic meaning outside the tale itself.
A simple retelling of what you've just read.
A phrase composed of opposites.
Pretentious, exaggeratedly learned language.
suspension of disbelief
The demand that the reader accept the limitations of staging and supply the details with their imagination.
The word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun.
A pair of elements that contrast sharply.
The name for a section division in a long work of poetry.
Basic techniques of each genre of literature.
Repetition of initial consonant sounds.
A protagonist (main character) who is markedly unheroic: morally weak, cowardly, dishonest, or any number of other unsavory qualities.
Group of citizens who stand outside the main action on stage and comment on it.
The attribution of human emotions or characteristics to inanimate objects or to nature; for example angry clouds; a cruel wind.
misplaced in time
dry and theoretical writing
typically complex, discusses intangible qualities like good and evil
coherent sense of taste
Repetition of vowel sounds
A reference to another work or famous figure.
Lines that commemorate the dead at their burial place.
Phrase set off by commas that interrupts the flow of a sentence with some commentary or added detail.
Poem that meditates on death or mortality in a serious manner.
The protagonist's arch enemy or supreme and persistent difficulty.
Excessive pride or self-confidence that leads to a downfall.
Writing that relies upon imagery that is dark ominous, mysterious, and sinister.
Lines rhymed by their final two syllables.
An event or statement in a narrative that in miniature suggests a larger event that comes later.
Basic rhythmic unit of a line of poetry.
crude, simplistic verse, often in sing-song rhyme
when a single speaker in literature says something to a silent audience
sounds blend harmoniously
comparison using like or as
comparison that states one thing is another
word or phrase used in everyday conversation
metaphor developed and expanded upon over several lines
everything else a word suggests or implies
A pair of lines that end in rhyme
A character's speech must be styled according to her social station, and in accordance to the situation.
author's choice of words
a poem or speech expressing sorrow
Action produces far smaller results than what was expected.
impersonal or outside view of events
Speech made by an actor to the audience, stepping out of action
Group of lines roughly analogous in function.
stressed portion of a word
visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work.
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