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AP English Midterm

Verse Drama A play in which the dialogue is almost entirely in poetry
Dramatic Irony What appears true to one or more characters in a play is known to be false to the audience
Foreshadowing A writers use of hints or clued to suggest what events will occur later in a work
Act One of the main divisions of a play
Scene A smaller division of a play, usually involving some change of scenery, characters or a shift in the action
Soliloquy A speech that a character makes while alone on stage to reveal his thoughts to the audience
Aside A remark that the character makes in an undertone to the audience or to another character, but that others on stage are not supposed to hear
Tragic Flaw A character trait in a tragic hero or heroine that brings about his or her downfall
Allegory A narrative presentation of an abstract idea through more concrete means
Alliteration Repeated consonant sounds occurring at the beginning of words or within words.
Allusion An indirect reference to a person, event, statement or theme found in literature, the other arts, history, myths, religion or popular culture
Anti-hero A protagonist who does not show the qualities of the traditional hero
Archetype Persistent images, figures, or story patterns shared by people across cultures
Authentic Diction An authors use of words from the particular geographic region or time period in which a work or fiction is written
Author's Style The way an author writes a particular piece of literature. Its not what it is said, but how it is said
Bildungsroman Fiction whose main subject is the intellectual, moral and psychological development of a youthful main character
Caesura A pause in a line of poetry dictated by natural rhythm
Coming of age story A bildungsroman
Elegy A mournful, contemplative poem written to commemorate someone who is dead
End Stop A line of poetry in which a grammatical pause and the physical end of the line coincide
Enjambment A poetic expression that spans more than one line. A run-on line of poetry
Epic A long and formal narrative poem written in an elevated style that tells the adventures of a hero of almost mythic proportions
Foil Character A character who, by his contrast with the main character, serves to accentuate that characters distinctive qualities or characteristics
Frame Story A story that contains other stories
Genre A class or category of an artistic endeavor having a particular form, content or technique
Hero The protagonist or chief character of a literary work who possesses good qualities that enable him/her to triumph over evil in some way
Humor A device or tone that an author uses to bring levity into a work of fiction
Imagery The language an author uses to show a visual picture or represent any sensory experience
Kenning An embellished figurative phrase used in place of a simpler or more common term
Metaphor A figure of speech associating two things or the representation of one thing by another
Motif A recurring word, phrase, image, object, idea or action in a work of literature. Motifs focus as unifying devices and often relate to a major theme
Picaresque action/Adventure story A story developed from a specific type of fictional writing popularized in Spain in the 18th century, with an engaging rogue as the hero. The author uses humorous or satiric incidents which often show the everyday life of the people
Polysyndeton The repetition of conjunctions in close succession for rhetorical effect, as in the phrase "here and there and everywhere"
Prose The ordinary form of the written language. The opposite of poetry
Rhythm The measured flow of words and the basic beat or pattern in language that is established by stressed and unstressed syllables and pauses
Scop Anglo-Saxon poet singer
Setting The geographical setting and time of a work of literature
Simile A figure of speech that compares two unlike things by using like or as
Stanza A grouped set of lines in a poem, usually physically set off from other such clusters by a blank line
Style The particular way in which a piece of literature is written. How something is said
Symbol A person, place, object or activity that stands for something beyond itself
Syntax The pattern of words, phrases and sentences which make up a piece of writing
Western Fiction set in the western part of the US or Canada or Mexico or Australia
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