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Elizabethan Period

Shakespeare - Literary Terms

sonnet (n) poem focusing on one idea consisting of fourteen lines, with rhymes following one pattern, set in 3 groups
iambic pentameter (n) common meter consisting of an unrhymed line with 5 feet
blank verse (n) unrhymed verse, unrhymed iambic pentameter
soliloquy (n) when a person talks or speaks to him/herself oblivious to any hearers present; innermost thoughts
foreshadowing (v) to show or indicate beforehand
apostrophe (n) indicate the omnision of a letter
oxymoron (n) a figure of speech where adjectives or adverbs contradict what its describing
hyperbole (n) exaggeration to stress a point but not to be taken seriously
dramatic irony (n) when the audiences knows what is happening more than the people within the play
situiational irony (n) actions affect situation opposite as expected
verbal irony (n) words convey a message opposite of its actual meaning
allusion (n) passing or casual reference, outside the story, the reader is expected to be familiar with
motif (n) reoccurring theme, subject, idea, etc. dominant idea or feature
pun (n) play on words, using a word related to a subject
couplet (n) a pair of successive lines of a verse
comic relief (n) relief of tension made in the introduction
personification (n) giving human qualities to inanimate objects
metaphor (n) comparing things without using like or as
simile (n) comparison between two things using like or as
foil (n) character who provides a contrast to another character
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