AP Lit & Comp - Vocab Part 1

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  1. allegory
    the characters, behavior, and even setting demonstrate multiple levels of meaning and significance

    ex. prodigal son
  2. alliteration
    sequential repetition of a similar initial sound
  3. allusion
    reference to a literary or historical event, person, or place
  4. anapestic
    two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed

    ex. Twas the Night before Christmas
  5. Anaphora
    regular repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of successive phrases or clauses
  6. anecdote
    brief story or tale told by a character in a piece of literature
  7. antagonist
    force that is in opposition to the main character
  8. antithesis
    juxtaposition of sharply contrasting ideas in balanced or parallel words, phrases, grammatical structure, or ideas
  9. apostrophe
    address or invocation to something that is inanimate
  10. archetype
    recurrent designs, patterns of action, character types, themes, or images which are identifiable in a wide range of literature
  11. assonance
    repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds, usually found in stressed syllables of close proximity
  12. asyndeton
    conjunctions are omitted, usually producing a fast-paced, more rapid prose.

    ex. I came, I saw, I conquered
  13. attitude
    sense expressed by the tone of voice and/or the mood of a piece of writing; the feelings an author holds towards his subject, the people in his narrative, the events, setting, or even theme
  14. ballad
    narrative poem that is meant to be sung
  15. ballad stanza
    consisting of a quatrain (stanza of 4 lines) that alternates four-beat and three-beat lines; one and three are unrhymed iambic tetrameter (four beats) and two and four are rhymed iambic trimeter (three beats)
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AP Lit & Comp - Vocab Part 1
2012-04-24 23:25:21
AP Lit Vocab part

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