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AP Lit

TermDefinition
Epigraph A brief quotation which appears at the beginning of a literary work.
Epithet In literature, a word of phrase preceding or following a name which serves to describe the character.
Euphemism A mild word of phrase which substitutes for another which would be undesirable because it is too direct, unpleasant, or offensive.
Exposition In drama, the presentation of essential information regarding what has occurred prior to the beginning of the play.
Fable A brief tale designed to illustrate a moral lesson.
Falling Action The falling action is the series of events which take place after the climax.
Farce A type of comedy based on a humorous situation such as a bank robber who mistakenly wanders into a police station to hide.
Figurative Language In literature, a way of saying one thing and meaning something else.
Figure Of Speech An example of figurative language that states something that is not literally true in order to create an effect.
Flashback A reference to an event which took place prior to the beginning of a story or play.
Foil A character in a play who sets off the main character or other characters by comparison.
Foot The basic unit of measurement in a line of poetry.
Foreshadowing In drama, a method used to build suspense by providing hints of what is to come.
Free Verse Unrhymed Poetry with lines of varying lengths, and containing no specific metrical pattern.
Genre A literary type or form.
Hyperbole A figure of speech in which an overstatement or exaggeration
Imagery A word or group of words in a literary work which appeal to one or more of the senses
Inference A judgement based on reasoning rather than on direct or explicit statement.
Irony When an event happens that is painfully obvious or reverts itself.
Local Color A detailed setting forth of the characteristics of a particular locality, enabling the reader to "see" the setting.
Lyric Poem A short poem wherein the poet expresses an emotion or illuminates some life principle.
Metaphor A figure of speech wherein a comparison is made between two unlike quantities without the use of the words "like" or "as."
Metonymy A figure of speech in which a word represents something else which it suggests.
Mood The atmosphere or feeling created by a literary work, partly by a description of the objects or by the style of the descriptions.
Myth An unverifiable story based on a religious belief.
Narrative Poem A poem which tells a story.
Novel A fictional prose work of substantial length
Ode A poem in praise of something divine or expressing some noble idea.
Onomatopoeia A literary device wherein the sound of a word echoes the sound it represents.
Oxymoron A combination of contradictory terms
Parable A brief story, told or written in order to teach a moral lesson.
Paradox A situation or a statement that seems to contradict itself, but on closer inspection, does not.
Parallel Structure A repetition of sentences using the same structure.
Created by: NevaehDurant