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shakespeare

Vocab

TermDefinition
drama a story written to be acted for an audience
tragedy a play, novel, or other narrative that depicts serious and important events in which the main character comes to an unhappy end
prologue a short introduction at the beginning of a play that gives a brief overview of the plot.
sonnet fourteen-line lyric poem that is usually written in iambic pentameter and that has one of several rhyme schemes (shakespearean-3 four-line units or quatrains, followed by a concluding two-line unit, or couplet; abab ccd efef gg.
prose direct, unadorned form of language, written or spoken, in ordinary use
chorus a group who says things at the same time
anachronism event or detail that is inappropriate for the time period
verbal irony a writer or speaker says one thing, but really means something completely different.
dramatic irony the audience or reader knows something important that a character in a play or story does not know
monologue a speech by one character in a play
soliloquy an usually long speech in which a character who is on stage alone expresses his or her thoughts aloud
foil character who is used as a contrast to another character; writer sets off/intensifies the qualities of 2 characters this way
oxymoron a combination of contradictory terms (EX: jumbo shrimp)
aside words that are spoken by a character in a play to the audience or to another character but that are not supposed to be overheard by the others onstage
pun a play on the multiple meanings of a word, or on two words that sound alike but have different meanings.
comic relief humor added that lessons the seriousness of a plot
static character character who does not change much in the course of a story
dynamic character character who changes as a result of the story's events
blank("unrhymed"-no rhyme at the end of the lines) verse-poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter ("pent=5; "meter"= measure); each line of poetry contains 5
Couplet Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme; coupleys often signal the exit of a character or End of a scene
Created by: Lovin'g