There are many literary elements that help to create a remarkable peice of literature. Some of these elements are easy to point out in the text, while others require a little more digging. Here is a list of literary elements that are often used in the most popular works of literature.
   
Allusion http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/allusion?s=ts
Alliteration http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/alliteration?s=t
Analogy http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/analogy?s=t
Antithesis http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/antithesis?s=t
Archetype http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/archetype?s=t
Characterization http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/characterization?s=t
Circumlocution http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/circumlocution
Conflict http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/conflict?s=t
Diction http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/diction?s=t
Epithet http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/epithet?s=t
Epiphany http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/epiphany?s=t
Euphemism http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/euphemism
Flashback http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/flashback?s=t
Foil http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/foil?s=t
Foreshadowing http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/foreshadow?s=t
Hubris http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hubris?s=t
Hyperbole http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hyperbole?s=t
Imagery http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/imagery?s=t
Irony http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Irony?s=t
Litotes http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Litotes?s=t
Malapropism http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/malapropism?s=t
Metaphor http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/metaphor?s=t
Mixed Metaphor http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mixed%20metaphor?fromAsk=true&o=100074
Metonymy http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/metonymy?s=t
Motif http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/motif?s=t
Paradox http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/paradox?s=t
Parallelism http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Parallelism
Personification http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/personification?s=t
Point of View http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/point+of+view?s=t
Setting http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/setting?s=t
Simile http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/similie?s=t
Subplot http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/subplot?s=t
Suspense http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/suspense?s=t
Symbolism http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/symbolism?s=t
Syntax http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/syntax?s=t
Theme http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/theme?s=t
Tone http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tone?s=t
Understatement http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/understatement?s=t
 


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Margaret
01/29/2013 10:01am

Wow this is great resource for finding the definitions of all these AP literary terms. This would be great to refer back to when preparing for the AP exam.

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