AP Lit Terms

  1. Allegory
    prose or poetic narrative in which the character, behavior, and even the setting demonstrates multiple levels of meaning and significance
  2. Alliteration
    sequential repetition of a similar initial sound, usually applied to consonants, usually heard in closely proximate stressed syllables
  3. Allusion
    reference to a literary or history event, person, or place
  4. Anapestic
    • a metical foot in poetry that sonsists of two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed
    • Example: "Twas the night before christmas and all through the house/ not a creature was stirring not even a mouse"
  5. anaphora
    regular repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of successive phrases or clauses
  6. Anecdote
    brief story or tale told by a character in a piece of literature
  7. Antagonist
    any force that is in opposition to the main character/protagonist
  8. Antithesis
    the juxtaposition of sharply contrasting ideas in balanced or parallel words, phrases, grammatical structure, or ideas
  9. apostrophe
    address or invocation to something that is inanimate, such as an angry lover who might scream at the ocean in his or her despair
  10. archetype
    recurrent designs, patterns of action, character types, themes, or images which are identifiable in a wide range of literature
  11. assonance
    a repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds, usually those found in stressed syllables of close proximity
  12. asyndeton
    a style in which conjunctions are omitted, usually producing a fast-paced, more rapid prose
  13. attitude
    the sense expressed by the tone of voice and/or the mood of a piece of writing
  14. ballad
    a narrative poem that is, or originally was, meant to be sung; characterized by repetition and refrain
  15. ballad stanza
    a common stanza form, consisting of a quatrain (4 lines) that alternates four-beat and three-beat lines
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