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AP lit Romano

AP literary terms for AP exam

QuestionAnswer
ALLEGORY story or poem in which characters, settings, and events stand for other people or events of or for abstract ideas or qualities.
Alliteration repition of the same or similar consonant sounds in words that are close together.
Allusion reference to somoene or something tat is known from history, literatured, religion, politics, sports, science, or another branch of culture. An indirect reference to something(usually from literature).
Ambiguity deliberatly suggesting two or more defferent,sometimes conflicting, meanings in a work. An event or situation that may be interpreted in more that one way- this is done on purpose by the author, when done on purpose, is vagueness,detracts from the work
Analogy Comparison made between two things to shoe how that are alike.
Anaphora Repition of a word, pharse. or clause at the begining of two or more sentence in a row. This is a deliberate form of repition and helps make te writers point more coherent.
Anasatrophe Inversion of the usual, normal, or logical order of the parts of a sentence. purpose os rythym or emphasis or euphony. It is a fancy word for inversion.
Anecdote Brief story, told to illustrate a point or serve as an example of something, often shows charater of and individual.
Anatagonist Opponent who struggles against or blocks the hero, or protaginist, in a story.
Antimetabole Repitions of words in succesive clauses in reverse grammatical order.
Antithesis Balancing words, phrases, or ideas that are strongly contatrasted, oftenby means of grammatical structure.
Antihero Central character who lacks all the qualities traditionally associated with heores. may lack courage, grace, intilligence, or moral scruples.
Anthroropomorphism attributing human characteirstics to an animal or inanimate object.
Aphorism brief, cleverly worded statement that makes a wise observation about life, or f a principle or accepted general truth.
Apostrophe calling out to an imaginary,dead, or absent person, or to a place or thing, or a personified abstract idea, If the character is asking a good or godeess for inspiration it is called an invocation.
Apposition placing in immedietly suceeding order of two or more coordinate elements, the latter of which is an explanation, qualification, or modification of the first.
Assocance the repition of similar vowel sounds followed by defferent conosonant soends espicially in words that are togeter.
Asyndeton Commas used without conjunction to seperate a series of words, thus emphasizing the parts equally: instead of X,Y, Zthe writer uses X,Y,Z..see polsydeton
Balance Constructing a sentence so that both halves are about the same lenght and importance. Sentences can be unbalanced to seve a special seffects as well.
Characterization the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character.
Indirect Characterization the author reveals to the reader what the character is like by describing how the character looks and dresses, by letting the reader hear what the character says, by revealing the characters private thoughts and feelings the characters effect on other peo
Direct Characterization the authoe rells us directly what the character is like: sneaky, generous, mean to pets and so on. Romantic style literature relied more heavalily on this form.
Static Character is one who does not change mjuch in the course of a story.
Dynamic character is one who changes in some imortant way as result of the story`s action.
Flat Character has only one or two personality traits. They are one dimensinal, like a piece of cardboard. they can be summed up in one phrase.
Created by: KAKAROT10