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AP Lit Poetry Part 3

Lit terms review

Aesthetics Philosophical investigation into the nature of beauty and the perception of beauty especially in the arts; the theory of art or artistic taste.
Anaphora Repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive phrases, clauses or sentences.
Anecdote A very short tale told by a character in a literary work.
Aphorism a brief statement that expresses an observation on life usually intended as a wise observation. Ex: Benjamin Franklin's "Poor Richard's Almanac"
Asyndeton the omission of a conjunction from a list Ex: shoes flats boots sandals sneakers
Chiasmus Term used when describing a situation in which you introduce subjects in order AB C then discuss in order CB A.
Colloqualism spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
Deus Ex Machina An unrealistic or unexpected intervention to rescue the protagonists or resolve the conflict.
Exegesis critical interpretation of a text especially a biblical text.
Farce type of comedy based on a humorous situation. The situation provides the humor not the cleverness of plot or lines
Homily an inspirational saying or platitude
Interpolation a passage included in the author's work without his/her consent
Adage a familiar proverb or wise saying
Cumulative sentence a sentence with main clause at the beginning
Ellipsis omission
Enjambment describes a line of poetry in which the sense and grammatical construction continues on to the next line
Elegy poem which expresses sorow over a death of someone for whom the poet cared
Caesura a natural pause in the middle of a line, sometimes coinciding with punctuation
Sibilance hissing sounds represented by s,z, and sh
Cacophony harsh, non melodic, unpleasant sounding arrangement of words
Vignette a small illustrative sketch
Polemic controversial argument especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.
Pastoral relating to or being a literary or other artistic work that portrays or evokes rural life usually in an idealized way
Oxymoron A combination of contradictory terms like compassionate conservative
Malapropism an incorrect usage of a word usually with comic effect
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