Busy. Please wait.

show password
Forgot Password?

Don't have an account?  Sign up 

Username is available taken
show password


Make sure to remember your password. If you forget it there is no way for StudyStack to send you a reset link. You would need to create a new account.
We do not share your email address with others. It is only used to allow you to reset your password. For details read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Already a StudyStack user? Log In

Reset Password
Enter the associated with your account, and we'll email you a link to reset your password.
Didn't know it?
click below
Knew it?
click below
Don't know
Remaining cards (0)
Embed Code - If you would like this activity on your web page, copy the script below and paste it into your web page.

  Normal Size     Small Size show me how

AP Lit terms

cacophony harsh discordance of sound
elegy a mournful piece of writing especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead.
caesura a break usually near the middle of a verse.
enjambment the running on of the thought from one line, couplet, or stanza to the next without a break.
feminine rhyme a rhyme of two syllables of which the second is unstressed.
anaphora repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of back to back sentences.
synecdoche a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part.
euphony pleasing sound to the ear, especially a pleasant sounding
sibilance noting sounds like those spelled with s.
Euphemism the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.
Malapropism an act or habit of misusing words .
Aesthetics the branch of philosophy dealing with the beautiful, the ugly, the sublime,etc.
Ambiguity doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning.
Aside A device in which a character in a drama makes a short speech which is heard by the audience but not by other characters in the play
Asyndeton a reversal in the order of words.
Canon a Greek word that implies rule or law and is used in literature as the source which regulates which selection of authors or works would be considered important pieces of literature.
Catharsis describes the release of the emotions of pity and fear by the audience.
Chiasmus a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases.
Colloquialism spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
Denotation the explicit or direct meaning or set of meanings of a word or expression.
Deus Ex Machina An unrealistic or unexpected intervention to rescue the protagonists.
Dystopia a society characterized by human misery.
Epigraph A brief quotation which appears at the beginning of a literary work.
Epigram a short satirical poem dealing with a single subject and usually ending with a witty turn of thought.
Epithet In literature a word of phrase following a name which serves to describe the character.
Created by: Alishaan



Use these flashcards to help memorize information. Look at the large card and try to recall what is on the other side. Then click the card to flip it. If you knew the answer, click the green Know box. Otherwise, click the red Don't know box.

When you've placed seven or more cards in the Don't know box, click "retry" to try those cards again.

If you've accidentally put the card in the wrong box, just click on the card to take it out of the box.

You can also use your keyboard to move the cards as follows:

If you are logged in to your account, this website will remember which cards you know and don't know so that they are in the same box the next time you log in.

When you need a break, try one of the other activities listed below the flashcards like Matching, Snowman, or Hungry Bug. Although it may feel like you're playing a game, your brain is still making more connections with the information to help you out.

To see how well you know the information, try the Quiz or Test activity.

Pass complete!

"Know" box contains:
Time elapsed:
restart all cards