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Shakespeare Lit Term

TermDefinition
Drama A story written to be acted for an audience.
Tragedy A play, novel, or other narrative that depicts serious and important events in which the main character comes to an unhappy end.
Prologue A short introduction at the beginning of a play that gives a brief overview of the plot.
Chorus A group who says things at the same time.
Static Character Character who does not change much in the course of the story.
Dynamic Character Character who changes as a result of the story’s events.
Aside Words spoken by a character in a play, usually in an undertone and not intended to be heard.
Blank Verse Unrhymed iambic pentameter
Couplet Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme
Iambic Meter Unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable
Iambic Pentameter Five verse feet with each foot an iamb (a total of 10 syllables)
Pun The humorous use of a word or phrase to suggest two or more meanings.
Monologue A long, uninterrupted speech presented in front of other characters.
Oxymoron A figure of speech that combines apparently contradictory terms.
Soliloquy A speech in which a character is alone on stage and expresses feelings aloud.
Sonnet A fourteen-line lyric poem, usually written in iambic pentameter, that has one of several rhyme schemes.
Created by: ethanflanary