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AP Lit Vocab terms #81-100
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a statement or situation that at first seems impossible or oxymoronic, but which solves itself and reveals meaning.
The repeated use of the same grammatical structure in a sentence or series of sentences. This device tends to emphasize what is said and thus underscores the meaning. Can also refer to two or more stories within a literary work that are told simultaneously and that reinforce one another.
a comical imitation of a serious piece with the intent of ridiculing the author or his work
a poem, play, or story that celebrates and idealizes the simple life of shepherds and shepherdesses. This highly conventional form was popular until the late 18th century. The term has also come to refer to an artistic work that portrays rural life in an idyllic or idealistic way.
The quality of a literary work or passage which appeals to the reader's or viewer's emotions - especially pity, compassion, and sympathy. Pathos is different from the pity one feels for a tragic hero in that the pathetic figure seems to suffer through no fault of his or her own.
A sentence that delivers its points at the end; usually constructed as a subordinate clause followed by a main clause.
the attribution of a human characteristics to an animal or to an inanimate object.
point of view
Perspective of the speaker or narrator in a literary work
the main or principal character in a work; often considered the hero or heroine
Humorous play on words that have several meanings or words that sound the same but have different meanings
repetition of a line, stanza, or phrase
a word or phrase used more than once to emphasize an idea
a question with an obvious answer, so no response is expected; used for emphasis or to make a point
the use of humor to ridicule and expose the shortcomings and failings of society, individuals, and institutions, often in the hope that change and reform are possible
A six-line stanza of poetry; also, the last six lines of a sonnet.
In writing, a movement from one thought or idea to another; a change.
A comparison of two unlike things using like or as or so
a character's speech to the audience, in which emotions and ideas are revealed. A monologue is a soliloquy only if the character is alone on the stage.
sonnet, English or Shakespearean
Traditionally, a fourteen-line love poem in iambic pentameter, but in contemporary poetry, themes and form vary. A conventional Shakespearaean sonnet's prescribed rhyme scheme is abab, cdcd, efef, gg. The final couplet (gg) sums up or resolves the situation described in the previous lines. Milton, Done, Sidney, Rossetti, and the Brownings also wrote sonnets, but not necessarily in Shakespearean form.
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