AP Poetry Terms
AP English Poetry Terms (Presented by Dennis Carroll of High Point University at AP Workshop) Listed and defined below are literary terms that you will need to know in order to discuss and write about works of poetry. You are already familiar with many of these. l. alliteration- the repetition of identical or similar consonant sounds, normally at the beginnings of words. “Gnus never know pneumonia” is an example of alliteration since, despite the spellings, all four words begin with the “n” sound. 2. allusion- a reference in a work of literature to something outside the work, especially to a well-known historical or literary event, person, or work. 3. antithesis- a figure of speech characterized by strongly contrasting words, clauses, sentences, or ideas, as in “Man proposes; God disposes.” 4. apostrophe- a figure of speech in which someone (usually, but not always absent), some abstract quality, or a nonexistent personage is directly addressed as though present. Milton!