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AP Lit Ruby

AP Literary Terms for AP lit Exam

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Allegory story or poem in which chaqrecters,settings,and events stand fo9r other people or events or for abstract ideas or qualities.
Alliteration repitition of the same or similar consonant sounds in wordcs that are close together.
Allusion reference to someone or something that is known from history,literature,religion,politics,sports,or another branch of culture. An inderect reference to something (usually form literature,etc.)
Ambiguity deliberately suggesting two or more different, and sometimes conflicting,meanings at work. An event or situation that may be interpreted in more than one way-this is done on purpose by the author , when it is not done on purpose, it is vagueness ,and detr
Anology comparison made between two things to show how they are alike
Anaphora repitition of words in successive clauses in reverse gramatical order
Antithesis Balancing words,phrases,or ideas that are strongly contrasted, often by means of grammatical structure
Antihero central charecter who lacks all the qualities traditionally associated with other heroes. May lack courage , grace,intellegencfe,or moral scruples.
Anthropomorphism attributing human charecteristics to an animal of inmate object
Aphorims brief,cleverly worded statement that makes a wise observation about life, or of a principle or accepted general truth. Also called maxim,epigram
Apostraphe calling out to an immagery, dead or absent person,or to a place or thing, or a personfied abstract idea. If the charecter is a asking a god of goddess for inspiration it is called an invocation
Apposition placing in immidiately succeding order of tw or more coordrate elements, the later of which is an explanation, qualification, or modification of the first.
Assonance the repition of similar vowel sounds fallowed by different consonant sounds especially in words that are together.
Asyndeton commas used without conjuction to seperate of words, tus emphasizing the parts equally
Balance Constructing a sentence so that both halves are about the same length and importance. Sentences can be unbalanced to serve a special effect as well.
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