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AP lit Alvizar

AP literary terms for AP lit exam

QuestionAnswer
Allegory story or poem in which characters, settings, and events stand for other people or events or for abstaract ideas or qualities
Alliteration repetition of the same or similiar consonant sounds in words that are close together
Allusion An indirect reference to something (usually from literature, etc.)
Ambiguity deliberately suggesting two or more different,and something conflicting, menaings in a work
Analogy Comparison made between two things to show how they are alike
Anaphora repition of a word, phrase, or clause at the beginning of two or more sentences in a row
Anastrophe purpose in rhythm or emphasis or euphony
Anecdote Brief story
Antagonist opponent who struggles against or blocks hero
Antimetabole repetition of words in successive clauses in reverse grammatical order
Antithesis balancing words, phrases, or ideas that are strongly contrasted, often by means of grammatical structure
Antihero Central character who lacks all the qualities traditionally associated with heros
Anthropomorphism attributing human characteristics to an animal or inanimate object
Aphorism brief, cleverly worded statement that makes a wise observation about life, or of a principle or accepted general truth
Aposthrophe calling out to an imaginary, dead, or absent person, or to a place or thing, or a personified abstract idea
Apposition placing in immediately succeeding order of two or more coordiante elements, the latter of which is an explanation, qualification, or modification of the first
Created by: josie319