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Lit Terms Set 1

for AP English Lit

QuestionAnswer
style in writing that is typically complex, discusses intangible qualities like good and evil; seldom uses examples to support its points. abstract
dry and theoretical writing academic
in poetry, refers to the stressed portion of a word. accent
adjective meaning "appealing to the senses." noun meaning coherent sense of taste. plural noun is the study of beauty. aesthetic
story in which each aspect has a symbolic meaning outside the tale itself. allegory
repetition of initial consonant sounds alliteration
reference to another work or famous figure allusion
misplaced in time anachronism
comparison analogy
short narrative anecdote
word, phrase, or clause that determines what a pronoun refers to antecedent
when inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena are given human characteristics, behavior, or motivation anthropomorphism
occurs when an action produces far smaller results than one had been led to expect anticlimax
protagonist who is markedly unheroic antihero
short and usually witty saying aphorism
figure of speech wherein the speaker talks directly to something that is nonhuman apostrophe
use of deliberately old-fashioned language archaism
speech made by an actor to the audience, as though momentarily stepping outside of the action on stage aside
trait or characteristic aspect
repeated use of vowel sounds assonance
emotional tone or background that surrounds a scene atmosphere
long, narrative poem, usually in very regular meter and rhyme ballad
writing of a scene evokes feelings of dignified pity and sympathy pathos
writing strains for grandeur it can't support and tries to jerk tears from every little hiccup bathos
use of disturbing themes in comedy black humor
pretentious, exaggeratedly learned language; tries to be eloquent by using largest, uncommon words bombast
broad parody, takes a style or form and exaggerates it into ridiculousness burlesque
using deliberately harsh, awkward sounds cacophony
beat or rhythm of poetry in a general sense cadence
name for a section division in a long work of poetry canto
a portrait (verbal or otherwise) that exaggerates a facet of personality caricature
"cleansing: of emotion an audience member experiences, having lived (vicariously) through the experiences presented on stage catharsis
in drama, the group of citizens who stand outside the main action on stage and comment on it chorus
typical or an accepted masterpiece classic
arts of ancient Greece and Rome and the qualities of those arts classical
new word, usually one invented on the spot coinage
technical term for coinage neologism
word or phrase used in everyday conversational English that isn't a part of accepted "schoolbook" English. colloquialism
there is more than one possibility in the meaning of words; there are subtleties and variations; multiple layers of interpretation; meaning is both explicit and implicit complex
similar to complex dense
in poetry, startling or unusual metaphor, or a metaphor developed and expanded upon over several lines. conceit
image from a metaphor dominates and shapes the entire poem controlling image
literal meaning of a word denotation
what a word suggests or implies connotation
repetition of consonant sounds within words consonance
pair of lines that end in rhyme couplet
character's speech must be styled according to social station and in accordance with the occasion decorum
author's choice of words diction
ordering and structuring of words syntax
song for the dead dirge
Created by: nkreider