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Shakespeare Vocab

by Rylie

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
sonnet fourteen line lyric poem that is usually written in iambic pentameter and that has one of several rhyme schemes
prose direct unadorned form of language, written or spoken, in ordinary use
chorus a group who says things at the same time
anachronism event or detail that is inappropriate for the time period
verbal irony a writer or speaker says one thing, but means something completely different
dramatic irony the audience or reader knows something important that the character doesn't know
monologue a speech by one character in a play
soliloquy an unusually long speech in which a character who is on stage alone expresses his or her thoughts aloud
foil character who is used as a contrast to another character
oxymoron a combination of two contradictory terms
aside words that are spoken by a character in a play to the audience or another character that isn't supposed to be overheard by other people onstage
pun a play on the multiple meanings of a word
comic relief humor added that lessens the seriousness of the plot
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
blank verse poetry written that doesn't rhyme at the end
couplet two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme; they often signal the exit of a character or the end of a scene
Created by: rylie2004