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AP Lit. Vianey

AP Literary Devices for AP Lit. Exam

QuestionAnswer
Allegory story or poem in which characters, settings, and events stand for other people or events or for abstract ideas or qualities
Alliteration repetition of the same or similar consonant sounds in words that are close together.
Allusion reference to someone or something that is known from history, lit., or another branch of culture. An indirect reference to something.
Ambiguity an event or situation that may be interpreted in more than one way, done on purpose by the author. When it is not done on purpose it is vagueness and detracts from the work.
Analogy comparison made between two things to show how they are alike.
Anaphora repetition of a word, phrase, or clause at the beginning of two or more sentences in a row.
Anastrophe inversion of the usual, normal, or logical order of the parts of a sentence.
Anecdote brief story, told to illustrate a point or serve as an example of something, often shows character of an individual.
Antagonist opponent who struggles against or blocks the hero, or protagonist, in a story.
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.
Created by: VianeyG