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Literary Techniques

Vocab. from Shakespeare

TermDefinition
alliteration repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words or stressed syllables
allusion a literary reference to a well-known work of art, music, history, or literature.
blank verse non-rhyming poetry, usually written in iambic pentameter. Most of Shakespeare's plays are written in this form
comic relief such a tragedy, a break in the seriousness for a moment of comedy or silliness
double enterdre a word or phrase with more than one meaning, usually when the second meaning is risque
dramatic irony when the audience or reader knows something that the characters in the story do not know
euphemism a substitution of a more pleasant expression for one whose meaning may come across as rude or offensive
figurative language writing or speech that is not meant to be taken literally;often used to compare dissimilar objects: includes: metaphor, simile,personification, and hyperbole
foreshadowing hints or events to occur later in a story
iamb a unit in poetry consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable
iambic pentameter a 10-syllable line divided into 5 iambic feet ( one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable.)
imagery language which works to evoke images in you mind.
irony a contradiction between what is expected and what actually is - or appearance versus reality; includes verbal irony, situational irony, and dramatic irony
metaphor a figure or speech in which a word or phrase is replaced by another often indicating a likeness or similarity between them
oxymoron when two opposite terms are used together
personification attributing human characteristics to non-human objects
prose normal speech rhythym
pun a play on words, especially those that sound alike ,but have different meanings
rhyming couplet two rhyming lines at the end of a speech, signaling that a character is leaving the stage or that the scene is ending
simile a figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by like or as
Created by: torian.benton