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Drama Terms

TermDefinition
Blank Verse Unrhymed Lambic Pentameter
Meter Regular rhythmic pattern in language
Poetry Concentrated Language
Prose Ordinary Everyday Language
Iamb Unit of speech that contains one unstressed syllable followed by a stress syllable
Iambic Pentameter A line of poetry that contains 5 iambs
Tragic Hero A high social rank- a king, a prince, or a general, faces his or her downfall with courage and dignity.
Tragic Flaw An error in judgement or character defect-that ultimately leads to his or her downfall
Dramatic Irony Results when the audience knows more than one or more of the characters, and helps build suspense
Soliloquy A speech given by a character alone on stage, used to reveal his or her private thoughts and feelings
aside A characters remark,either to the audience or to another character, that no one else on stage is supposed to hear
Drama Drama is literature in which plots and characters are developed through dialogue and action; literature in play form
Irony Irony is a special kind of contrast between appearance and reality usually one in which reality is the opposite of what it seems
Dramatic Irony Where the reader or viewers knows something that a character does not know.
Verbal Irony When someone knowingly exaggerates or says one thing and means another
Extended Metaphor A figure of speech that compares two essentially unlike things at some length and in several ways.
Foil A character who provides a striking contrast to another character
Sonnet A lyric poem of 14 lines, commonly written in iambic pentameter
Couplet A rhymed pair of lines ; may be written in any rhythmic pattern
Quatrain A four line stanza or group of lines in poetry.
Omen An event regarded as a portent of good or evil.
Rhyme Scheme A pattern of end rhymes in a poem; noted by assigning a letter of the alphabet, beginning with a, to each line
Anachronism A thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned.
Parallelism the use of successive verbal constructions in poetry or prose that correspond in grammatical structure, sound, meter, meaning, etc.
Rhetorical Question A figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked in order to make a point, rather than to elicit an answer.
Anaphora The repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses.
Logos The logic used to support a claim (induction and deduction); can also be the facts and statistics used to help support the argument.
Ethos The source's credibility, the speaker's/author's authority
Pathos The emotional or motivational appeals; vivid language, emotional language and numerous sensory details.
Created by: jvazquez139