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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 Unrhymed iambic
Comedy A dramatic work, usually light and humorous in tone and subject matter, often involving the triumph of characters over adverse circumstances
Convention A familiar practice made common by frequent usage
Dramatic Personae Literally the "Persons of the drama," this is a list of the characters in the play
Enjambment When the syntax of a line carries into the next line of poetry
Epilogue In dramatic wok, 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 death
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 in English poetry and drama and much of Shakespeare's plays are written in it
Meter The regular rhythm that is created when syllables are stressed and unstressed in a systematic patteren
Mataphor A figure of speech, in which for the purpose of description, two unalike things are compared or equated
Prologue A speech at the begging of the play that usually introduces the subject matter of the drama
Protagonist The character who is of leading importance in a drama of narritive
Prose Language that is not written in meter and which is 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"
Solilopuy The contraction or a single word("over" become "o'er)
Tradegy 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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