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Shakespeare Words

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aside when a character speaks his or her thoughts aloud but is not heard by the other characters on stage
blank verse unrhythmed iambic pentameter(Shakespeare often wrote in blank verse)
comedy in dramatic work,usually light and humorous in tone and subject mater,often involving the triumph of characters over adverse circumstances
elision a form in which two or three words are contracted when one word ends with a vowel and the next one begins with a vowel("the express" becomes "th'express")
epilouge in dramatic works,a speech,usually offered in verse,in which an actor addresses the audience at the end of the play
figurative language language that makes use of figures of speech,especially metaphors
First Folio the first anthology of Shakespeare's works,put together and published by his friends in 1623,seven years after the playwright died
iamb a disyllabic metrical unit in which the first syllable is unstressed and the second stressed
iambic pentameter a metrical line of ten syllables comprising five metrical feet of iambs.Iambic pentameter is the most common meter English poetry and drama much of Shakespeare's plays are written in it
meter the regular rhythm that is created when syllables are stressed and unstressed in q systematic pattern
metaphor a figure of speech,in which for the proposes of description, two unalike things are compared or equated
prologue a speech at the beginning of the play that usually introduces the subject matter of the drama
protagonist the character who is of leading importance in a drama or narrative
prose language that is not written in meter and in which is much more irregular in its rhythms than verse.Prose tends to be akin to what we would consider "normal" speech.
scansion the analysis of a line of verse in metrical terms
simile a figure of speech in which unalike things are compared and connected by "like" or "as"
soliloquy a dramatic monologue that often seems to express the internal,even secret workings of a character's mind
syncope the contraction of a single word ("over" becomes "o'er)
tragedy a serious dramatic work in which a protagonist is troubled by some terrible conflict that results in dire events
verse used to describe lines written in metrical form,sometimes used simply to denote a piece of poetry
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