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Literary terms

TermDefinition
Drama A type of play written for theater, it also a mode of fictional representation through dialogue and performance.
Tragedy A genre of a story in which a hero is brought down by his or her own flaws.
Prologue A short introductory section that gives backgroud information or sets the stage for the story to come
Sonnet A fourteen line poem with a fixed rhyme scheme.
Prose A non-verse writing.
Chorus A group of 50 men who made comments about the action on stage in Greek theater. They also sang and danced.
Anachronism When an author purposely or accidentally puts historical events, fashions, or technology in the wrong place. It means "backward time".
Verbal Irony When someone says the opposite of what they really mean.
Dramatic Irony When the audience knows something the characters don't know.
Monologue A speech given by a single character in a story.
Soliloquy A monologue that is not given to another character but instead to the audience .
Foil A character that shows qualitites that are opposite of another character.
Oxymoron A figure of speech that puts together opposite elements.
Aside When a character's dialogue is spoken but not heard by the other actors on the stage.
Pun A joke that uses words with the same pronunciation but with a different meaning.
Comic relief An amusing scene in a play in order to provide relief from tension.
Blank verse An unrhyming verse with a specific meter.
Couplet A type of poem that has two rhyming lines in a verse and the same meter
Stage directions A part of the script that tells the actors how they are to move or to speak.
Allusion A reference to something else.
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