AP Literary Terms (consonance – feminine rhyme)

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Last updated: December 15, 2019
Consonance
The repetition of consonant sounds within words.

Couplet
A pair of lines that end in rhyme.

Decorum
A character’s speech that must be styled according to their social station and in accordance with the occasion.

Denotation
Literal meaning of a word.

Dense
More than one possibly in the meaning of words.

Didactic
Instructs or provides information for a particular purpose

Diction
The author’s choice of word.

Dirge
A song for the dead.

Tone is typically slow, heavy, depressed and melancholy

Dissonance
Refers to the grating of incompatible sounds.

Doggerel
Crude, simplistic verse, often in sing-song rhyme.

Double Entendre
An expression or term liable to more than one interpretation.

Dramatic Irony
When the audience knows something that the characters in the drama do not.

Dramatic Monologue
When a single speaker in literature says something to a silent audience.

Dynamic Character
One who changes his/her beliefs, values, or opinions in a story.

Elegy
A type of poem that meditates on death or mortality in a serious, thoughtful manner. Often use the recent death of a noted person or loved one as a starting point. Also memorialize specific dead people.

Ellipsis
The omission of a word or words understood in the context.

Enjambment
The continuation of a syntactic unit from one line or couplet of a poem to the next with no pause.

Epic
A very long narrative poem on a serious theme in a dignified style.

Epitaph
Lines the commemorate the dead at their burial place.

Equivocation
The same word is used with two different meanings

Euphemism
A word of phrase that takes the place of a harsh, unpleasant, or impolite reality.

Euphony
When sounds blend harmoniously, they result in euphony.

Explicit
To say or write something directly and clearly.

Farce
Extremely broad humor or a funny play; comedy.

Feminine rhyme
Lines rhymed by the final two syllables.

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