AP Lit Terms I

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Helpful terms to know for the AP Lit course and exam

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  • 1. 
    Story in which the narrative or characters carry an underlying symbolic, metaphorical, or possibly ethical meaning
  • 2. 
    Character or force in a work that opposes the protagonist producing tension or conflict
  • 3. 
    Literally, "seize the day," or enjoy life while you can
  • 4. 
    An extended narrative poem that tells of the adventures and exploits of a hero that is generally larger than life
  • 5. 
    A narrative told by a character involved in the story and using the first-person pronounds of "I" and "me"
  • 6. 
    A mode of expression in which the intended meaning is the opposite of what is stated; the reverse of what might have been expected
  • 7. 
    A brief and often simplistic lesson that a reader may infer from a work
  • 8. 
    A work of literature dealing with rural life
  • 9. 
    An extended metaphor about improbably events and extraordinary people in exotic places
  • 10. 
    The main idea or meaning of a work
  • 11. 
    The author's attitude toward the subject being written about
  • 12. 
    A sharp, caustic remark or expression; a bitter jibe or taunt
  • 13. 
    That element in literature that stimulates pity or sorrow
  • 14. 
    A phrase, idea, or event that is repeated throughout a work to unify it or convey a theme
  • 15. 
    Personal, reflective poetry that reveals the speaker's thoughts and feelings about the subject
  • 16. 
    A return to an earlier time in a story or play in order to clarify the present
  • 17. 
    A mild or less negative usage for a harsh or blunt term
  • 18. 
    A highly regarded work of literature or other art form that has withstood the test of time
  • 19. 
    The repetition of one or more beginning consonants in a group of words or lines of poetry or prose
  • 20. 
    A reference to a person, place, or event meant to create an effect or enhance the meaning of an idea
  • 21. 
    The repetition of two or more vowel sounds in a group of words or lines in poetry or prose
  • 22. 
    Deriving from the orderly qualities of ancient Greek and Roman culture; implies formality, objectivity, simplicity, and restraint

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