AP English Literature Terms

AP English Literature Terms

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Section 1

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caricature

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a grotesque likeness of striking qualities in persons and things; a portrait that exaggerates a facet of personality

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colloquialism

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this is a word or phrase used in everyday conversational English that isn't a part of accepted "schoolbook" English

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bibliography

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a list of works cited or otherwise relevant to a subject or other work

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novel

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a tale in which a young protagonist experiences an introduction to adulthood. the character may develop understanding via disillusionment, education, doses of reality, or any other experiences that alter his/her emotional/intellectual maturity. e.g. Invisible Man

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cacophony

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grating, inharmonious sounds

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coinage

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a.k.a. neologism, inventing a word

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classic

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a highly regarded work of literature or other art form that has withstood the test of time, similar to canon

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anticlimax

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this occurs when an action produces far smaller results than one had been led to expect, it is frequently comic in effect

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antihero

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a protagonist who is markedly unheroic: morally weak, cowardly, dishonest, or any number of other unsavory qualities

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canto

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is a divider in long poems, much like chapters in a novel

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controlling image

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when an image dominates and shapes the entire work

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black humor

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this is the use of disturbing themes in comedy. e.g. two tramps comically debating over which should commit suicide first, and whether the branches of a tree will support their weight

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aside

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a speech (usually just a short comment) made by an actor to the audience, as though momentarily stepping outside of the action on stage

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bard

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a poet, in olden times, a performer who told heroic stories to musical accompaniment

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classicism

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deriving from the orderly qualities of ancient Greek and Roman culture; implies formality, objectivity, simplicity and restraint

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aspect

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a trait of characteristic, as in "an aspect of the dew drop"

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caesura

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a pause somewhere in the middle of a verse, often (but not always marked by punctuation)

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bathos

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the use of insincere or overdone sentimentality

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atmosphere

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the emotional tone or background that surrounds a scene

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burlesque

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a work of literature meant to ridicule a subject; a grotesque imitation; a broad parody and exaggerates it into ridiculousness

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Bildungsroman

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a German word referring to a novel structured as a series of events that take place as the hero travels in quest of a goal

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blank verse

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poetry written in iambic pentameter, the primary meter used in English poetry and the works of Shakespeare and Milton. its lines generally do not rhyme

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catharsis

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a cleansing of the spirit brought about by the pity and terror of a dramatic tragedy

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cadence

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the beat or rhythm of poetry in a general sense

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bombast

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inflated, pretentious language used for trivial subjects

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conceit

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a witty or ingenious thought; a diverting or highly fanciful idea, often stated in figurative language; a startling or unusual metaphor, or a metaphor developed and expanded upon several lines

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belle-lettres

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the French term for the world of books, criticism, and literature in general

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canon

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the works considered most important in national literature or period; works widely read and studied

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carpe diem

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"seize the day"

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climax

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the high point, or turning point, of a story/play

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