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AP Terms for Romeo and Juliet

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Personification
giving human characteristics to non-human things
Allusion
a reference to another work of literature, person, or event
Hyperbole
a figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect
Paradox
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth
Symbol
an object that is used to represent something else (usually a larger, philosophical and more important idea)
Conceit
vanity or self-love; too high opinion of one's own value; extravagant metaphor (in poetry)
Repetition
repeated use of sounds, words, or ideas for effect and emphasis
Exclamation
a sentence that shows strong feeling. it ends with an exclamation point (!).
Assonance
Repetition of a vowel sound within two or more words in close proximity
Apostrophe
The direct addressing of a person, an inanimate entity, or an abstract quality as though it were present and listening.
Metaphor
comparison without using like or as
Euphemism
Not speaking directly to avoid unpleasantness.
Ironic
contrary to what is expected; containing irony
Simile
a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')
Understatement
saying less than one means, for effect
Anaphora
repetition of a word or phrase as the beginning of successive clauses
Allegory
an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances
Litotes
understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary)
Internal Rhyme
a rhyme between words in the same line
End Rhyme
Rhyme that occurs at the end of two or more lines of poetry