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Shakespeare Lit Term

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 a 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
ambic Pentameter Five verse feet with each foot an iamb (a total of 10 syllables)
Pun The humorous use of word or phase to suggest two or more meanings at the same time
Monologue A long, uninterrupted speech presented in front of other characters
Oxymoron A figure of speech that combines apparently contradictory terms
Soliloqu A speech in which a character in alone on stage and expresses thoughts out loud
Sonnet A fourteen-line lyric poem, usually written in iambic pentameter, that has one of several rhyme schemes
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