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AP English Cards

Allegory A narrative or description that has a second meaning beneath the surface, often relating to each literal term to a fixed, corresponding abstract idea or moral principle.
Zeugma The use of a word to modify or govern two or more words when it is appropriate to only one of them or is appropriate to each but in a different way.
Alliteration The repetition at close intervals of the initial constant sounds of accented syllables or important words.
Villanelle A short poem of fixed form, written in tercets, usually five in number,followed by a final quatrain, all being based on two rhymes.
Allusion A reference, explicit or implicit, to something in previous literature or history.
Vignette A decorative design or small illustration used on the title page of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter.
Apostrophe Figure of speech in which someone absent or dead or something nonhuman is addressed as if it were alive and present and could reply.
Tone The writer's or speaker's attitude towards the subject, the audience, or himself or herself; the emotional coloring, or emotional meaning of the work.
Assonance The repetition at close intervals of the vowel sounds of accented syllables or important words.
Tercet A 3-lined stanza exhibited in terza rima and villanelle as well as in other poetic forms.
Ballad A fairly short narrative poem written in a songlike stanza form.
Synecdoche A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole.
Blank verse Unrhymed iambic pentameter.
Symbol Something that means more than what it is.
Caesura A speech pause occurring within a line.
Stanza A group of lines whose metrical pattern (and usually its rhyme scheme as well) is repeated throughout the poem.
Chiasmus A reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases.
Sonnet A fixed form of 14 lines, normally iambic pentameter, with a rhyme scheme conforming to or approximating one of two main types - the Italian or the English.
Climax The turning point or high point in a plot.
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