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AP Literature terms

TermDefinition
Aside A device a character uses in a drama, where a speech is made only for the audience to hear, instead of the characters in the drama.
Asyndeton The deletion of a conjunction from a list.
Denotation This is the dictionary definition of a word.
Homily A saying said mainly for inspiration.
Inversion A method of increasing dramatic effect by switching around the normal order of words.
Pathetic Fallacy The applying of human characteristics or emotions to inanimate objects.
Polemic Relating to a controversial argument that attacks a specific opinion.
Scansion The process of analyzing the poem's meter.
Subtext The hidden meaning behind a text.
Tragic Flaw The characteristic applied to a tragic hero that leads to his downfall.
Vignette A small sketch done illustratively.
Syntax The way in which words and phrases are arranged to form grammatical structure.
Semantics The study of the meaning of language, as opposed to its original form.
Cliché A phrase that has been overused.
Euphemism The substitution of an expression that may be unpleasant or offensive.
Assonance The repetition of vowels that are very near each other in a sentence.
Cacophony A harsh and unpleasant sounding of words due to its arrangement.
Sibilance Hissing sounds presented by s, z, sh.
Didactic poetry Poetry that has the primary purpose of teaching or preaching.
Elegy A poem that expressed sorrow over the death of a loved one.
Free verse A poem containing no fixed meter or rhyme.
Persona Speaker of the poem.
Conceit An extended paradoxical metaphor.
Anaphora Repetition of the same words at the start of the first few lines.
Refrain Repeated words or phrases in a pattern.
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