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iambic pentameter
verse written in 5 foot lines with one unstressed sylabble followed
blank verse
poety written in unrhymed iambic pentameter lines
Elizabethan sonnet
14-line lyric poem usually written in iambic pentameter. Consists of 3 quatrains (4 line stanzas) and a couplet (2 lines)
personification
type of figurative language when a non human subject is given human characteristics
soliloquy
a long speech expressing the thoughts of a character alone on stage
aside
short speech delievered by an actor in a play expressing the characters thoughts, usually directed to the audience and is presumed to be inaudible to all other actors
imagery
descriptive or figurative language used in literature to create word pictures for the reader. images created by details of sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, or movement
monolouge
speech by one character in a play, story, or poem
allusion
referance to a well known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art
tone
writers attitude toward his or her audience and subject
foreshadowing
use in literary work of clues that suggest events that have yet to occur. ex: suspence
dramatic irony
irony where there is a contradiction b/w what the character thinks and what the audience knows to be true
tragedy
a work of literature that results in a catastrophe for the main character
theme
central message or insight into life revealed throught the literary work. a generalization about people or about life that is communicated throught a literary work. some have many