English AP Literary Terms III


The associations and emotional overtones taht have become attached to a word or phrase, in addition to its strict dictionary definition.


Two consecutive rhyming lines of poetry


A way of speaking that is characteristic of a certain social group or of the inihabitants of a certain geographical area.


A speaker or writer's choice of words.


Form of fiction or nonfiction that teaches a specific lesson or moral or provides a model of correct behavior or thinking.


A poem of mourning, usually about someone who has died.


Device of repetition in which the same expression (single word or phrase) is repeated both at the beginning and at the end of the line, clause, or sentence.


A long narrative poem, written in heightened language, which recounts the deeds of a heroic character who embodies the values of a particular society.


A quotation or aphorism at the beginning of a litreary work suggestive of the theme.


Device of repetition in which the same expression (single word or phrase) is repeated at the end of two or more lines, clauses, or sentence (it is the opposite of anaphora).


An adjective or adjective phrase applied to a person or thing that is frequently used to emphasize a characteristic quality.


A short piece of nonfiction prose in which the writer discusses some aspect of a subject.


One of the fours forms of discourse which uses logic ethics, and emotional appeals (logos, ehos, pathos) to develop an effective means to convince the reader to think or act in a certain way.


Relies more on emotinal appeals than on facts.


Form of persuasion that appeals to reason instead of emotion to convince an audience to think or act in a certain way.

Causal Relationship

Form of argumentation in which the writier claims that one thing results from another, often used as part of a logical argument.


A form of discourse that uses language to create a mood or emotion.


One of the four major forms of discourse, in which something is explained.


The form of discourse that tells about a series of events.