Ap Literature Exam Vocabulary

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Ad misericordiam
appeals to audiences sympathy

Alliteration
repetition of consonence

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Allusion
reference to something else

Ambiguity
Intention of being unclear

Anachronism
element of a story out of its time frame

Analysis
breaking down key aspects of story

Analogy
personal story

Anapest
poetic feet, unstressed , unstressed, stressed

Anecdote
refernece to a historial event or story

Antagonist
one putting force on the other

antecedent
pronoun that refers to a proper noun.

..he, she, they

Anticlimax
disapointment, not typical ending

Antihero
a character we like but is not “heroic”

Antithesis
concept that directly opposes a preveious idea

Aphorism
proverbs, short statment, forgone truth

Apostrophe
rehetorical figure, direct adress of a person

Archetype
Universal symbol

Aside
An actor will turn away from everyone to audience

Assonance
repetition of vowels

Attitude
Authors feeling toward the topic they are discussing

Aubade
poem about lovers that must leave eachother in the early hours

Ballad
folk song, passed down orally

Blank Verse
unrhymed poetry, iambic (Unstressed, stressed)

Cacophony
harsh unplesant sounds to ear

Carpe Diem
Latin for seize the day

Catharsis
emotional cleansing, feeling of relief

Chiamus
opposite of parallel the author will reverse repetion.

Inverting secon of two phrases that would have been parallel

Colloquial
slang, regional dialect, informal

Comic relief
Dramatic relief

connotation
extended definition, informal. ex: cool

Consonance
Repetition of consanence… work, stack

couplet
two rhyming lines with same number of sylobals

Denotation
literal meaning of word

Denouement
resolution, ending

Dues ex machine
Gods intervene

Diction
word choice

Farce
a light humerous play that relies on a situation rather than characters.

Flat/ Static character
character that undergoes little or no inner change

Genre
particular category

In medias res
In the middle of things

Third Person Omniscient
narator knows feelings and thoughts of all characters

Satire
Talking about a topic with humor, irony

Theme
subject of story

First person
story explained with I

Foil
Another character who is unlike the main characer that shows contrast and highlights the characers traits

Hyberbole
exaggeration, not literal..ex: “Ill wait a enternity”

Myth
Legendary story, being passed down

Protagonist
leading character that is having force placed on them by antagonist

Soliloquy
speach by a character given to themselves thinking no one is around.

Tone
characters voice in the story and unique diction shows there specific…

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Flashback
Reference to a event in the past

Foreshadowing
Author hints at what might happen..kind of a clue

Imagery
Description that illustrates a mental picture

Third person Limited
Narrator only knows main characters thoughts and feelings

Round/ Dynamic Character
Character that changes over the course of the story

Stream of Consciousness
Thoughts and ideas constantly moving forward in time

Tragic Flaw
Character defecet that causes the protagonist to experience a downfall

Free verse
verse that does not follow a fixed pattern

Metaphor
when something resembles something else..

ex: Life is a roller coster

Near/off/Slant Rhyme
Rhymes in which either the vowel or the consonance of stressed syllables are identical

Parallelism
agreement in direction

Refrain
to abstain from

Sonnet (English or Shakespearean)
poem that is 14 lines and is usually iambic

Stanza
certain amount of lines in a poem

Euphemism
Telling the someone the truth without being harsh or rude

Iambic pentameter

Meter

Onomatopoeia
Word that sounds like its spelling..EX: boom, quack

Personification
diving non living things human characteristics

Repetition
the act of repeating an action, word choice, ec in a piece of literature

Symbol
something used to represent something else, like an object

Figurative Language
Language that uses figure of speech like metaphors, and similes

Narrative Poem

Paradox

Pun

Simile
Comparing two things using like or and

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