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Shakespeare Terms

Shakespeare Terms Study Stack

TermDefinition
aside when a character speaks his/her thoughts aloud (not heard by other characters)
blank verse unrhymed iambic pentameter
comedy a dramatic work, usually light and humorous in tone& subject matter
convention a familiar practice made common by frequent usage
dramatis personae the list of characters in the play
monologue when a character is speaking a major line to other characters
elision a form in which 2 or 3 words are contracted when one word end w/a vowel & the next begins w/a vowel
enjambment when the syntax of a line carries into the next lines of poetry
epilogue in a dramatic works, a speech, usually offered in verse in which an actor addresses the end of the play
figurative language language that uses all figures of speech especially metaphores
First Folio the first anthology of Shakespeare works, 1623
the forth wall refers to the boundary b/t the world of the play and the world of the audience
heightened language writing that is rich in imaginary and poetic forms and is often metrical
iamb disyllabic metrical unit in which the first syllable in unstressed and the second is
iambic pentameter a metrical line of 10 syllables comprising five metrical ft. of iambs
in medias res literally "in the middle of things"
meter the regular rhythm that is created when syllables are stressed & unstressed in a pattern
metaphor a figure of speech, when two unlike things are compared or equated
pastoral scenes or settings that take place in the country side
prologue a separate introductory section of a literary or musical work
protagonist the leading character or one of the major characters in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text
prose written or spoken language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure
quarto a size of book page resulting from folding each printed sheet into four leaves
scansion the action of scanning a line of verse to determine its rhythm
simile a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid
stock character archetypal characters distinguished by their flatness; as a result, they tend to be easy targets for parody and to be criticized as clich├ęs
syncope a literary device which can be defined as the contraction or the shortening of a word by omitting sounds, syllables or letters from the middle of the word
tragedy an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe.
verse a particular type of metrical line: "a hexameter verse."
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