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AP English

Language and Composition- glossary terms

Device of using character and/or story elements symbolically to represent an abstraction in addition to the literal meaning allegory
The repetition of sounds, especially initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words. (Ex: She sells seas shells.) alliteration
A direct or indirect reference to something which is presumably commonly known, such as an event, book, myth, place, or work of art. allusion
The multiple meanings, either intentional or unintentional, of a word, phrase, sentence, or passage. ambiguity
The repetition of the last word of one clause at the beginning of the following clause. "Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering." ~Yoda anadiplosis
A similarity or comparison between two different things or the relationship between them. analogy
One of the devices of repetition, in which the same expression is repeated at the beginning of two or more lines, clauses, or sentences. anaphora
A short narrative detailing particulars of an interesting episode or event. anecdote
The word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun. antecedent
A terse statement of know authorship which expresses a general truth or a oral principle. aphorism
A figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction, such as liberty or love. apostrophe
Created by: mgregory19