AP Lit Literary Terms - Term Definition Accent A way of...

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Term: Accent Definition: A way of pronouncing words that indicates the place of origin or social background of the speaker. Term: Allegory Definition: a narrative that serves as an extended metaphor.Main purpose is to tell a story that has characters, a setting, as well as other types of symbols, that have literal and figurative meanings, an extended narrative in prose or verse in which characters, events, and settings represent abstract qualities and in which the writer intends a second meaning to be read beneath the surface of the story; the underlying meaning may be moral, religious, political, social, or satiric. Examples: John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress (Temptations of Christians) , Orwell's Animal Farm (Russian Revolution), and Arthur Miller's Crucible ("Red Scare") Term: alliteration Definition: the repetition of the same consonant, or beginning several words with the same vowel sound
Term: allusion Definition: a reference in a literary work to a person, place, or thing in history or another work of literature. Term: ambiguity Definition: a technique by which a writer deliberately suggests two or more different, and sometimes conflicting, meanings in a work. Term: ambivalence Definition: the simultaneous existence of conflicting feelings or thoughts, such as love and hate, about a person, an object, or an idea; uncertainty or indecisiveness as to what course to follow; fluctuation Term: anachronism Definition: something out of its proper historical time; error of putting something in the wrong historical time
Term: anadiplosis Definition: repeating last word of clause at beginning of next clause Term: anaphora Definition: the repetition of words or phrases at the beginning of consecutive lines or sentences Term: angst Definition: strong anxiety and unhappiness; a feeling of dread Term: annotation Definition: a critical or explanatory note or comment, especially for a literary work
Term: antagonist Definition: The thing that opposes the protagonist in a narrative or drama. The antagonist may be another character, society itself, a force of nature, or even a conflicting impulse within the protagonist. Term: anticlimax Definition: An unsatisfying and trivial turn of events in a literary work that occurs in place of a genuine climax. An anticlimax often involves a surprising shift in tone from the lofty or serious to the petty or ridiculous. Term: antithesis Definition: A statement in which two opposing ideas are balanced. Words, phrases, clauses, or sentences set in deliberate contrast to one another. A species of parallelism, antithesis balances opposing ideas, feelings, tones, or structures, giving crisp expression to their pairing and heightening its effect. Term: aphorism Definition: a short, often witty statement of a principle or a truth about life.

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