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Shakespear Lit terms

Alliteration The repitian of initial constant sounds,used to create melody,establish mood, and call attention to certain words
Allusion An indirect reference to a person, thing event situation, or aspect of culture real or fictional, past or present, may come from literature,myth,history,or the bible
Aside a remark spoken inan undertone by one character either to the audience or to another character which remaining characters do not hear
Chorus single actor who recites a prolougue
Couplet any two line stanza that contains a complete thought, usually ryhme
Foil a character who provides a striking contrast to a main character, thus calling attention to certain traits of a main character
Foreshadowing Giving hints or clues on what is going to happen in the future
Irony Verbal Situational Dramatic Irony- a contrast between what is said and what it really is Verbal- says something but means something else Situat.- what happens in contary to what is expected to happen Dramatic- when the audience knows whats goingg to happen but character doe not
Metaphor an implied comparison between two essntially unlike things without using like or as
Oxymoron a figure of speech "wise fool" "sad joy" "cruel kindness"
Personification non human things are assigned to human things
Prolouge an introductory speech, often in verse, calling attention to the theme(s) of a play
Prose the ordinary form of spoken or written language which does not have a regualr rythmic pattern or meter
Pun a play on words based on similarity of the sound of works
Simile a figure of speech using like or as
Soliloquy a speech of a character in a play delivered while the speaker is alone, that informs the audience of what is passing in the charcter's mind or gives information concerning other partcipants in the action which is essential for the audience to know
Sonnet a lyric poem of fourteen lines, contains 3 quatrains each with a ryhme of its own and a ryhmed couplet
Tragedy a dramatic comparison dealing with a serious or somber theme
Tragic flaw a flaw in a character that brings about the downfall of the hero of a tragedy; hamartia (greek for tragic flaw)