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allusion
an indirect reference to another literary work or to a famous person, place, or event
aside
a dramatic device in which a character speaks his or her thoughts aloud, in words meant to be heard only by thh audience
badinage
a light or playful discourse
blank verse
unrhymed poetry written in iambic pentameter
chorus
(Elizabethan theatre) a single actor who serves as narrator and speakes the lines in the Prologue and/or Epilogue
chronology
the order in which events occur
comic relief
a humorous interlude in a serious drama to provide a change form emotional intensity
conceit
an eleborate, usually intellectually ingenious poetic comparison or image, such as an analogy or metaphor
external conflict
conflict between the character and outside forces
interal conflict
conflict occuring within the character
couplet
a rhymed pair of lines
dialogue
verbal exchange between characters (written into script)
dramatic dialects
language expressed by characters, usually to differentiate between social classes or regions
dramatic monologue
a lyric poem recited by a a character, usually onstage alone, having a one-side conversation
exhortation
language meant to incite and encouragel a persuasive discourse; and admonition; a homily
figurative language
communicates ideas beyond the ordinary, literal meanings of words
foil
a character who provides a striking contrast to another character
foreshadow
an indication through hints or clues of wwhat is going to happen later in the story
iambic pentameter
metrical line of five feet, each of which is made up of two syllables, the first unstressed and the second stressed
imagery
descriptive words and phrases that re-create sensory experiences for the reader
dramatic irony
the reader or viewer of the performance knows something that a character does not know
lamentation
expression of grief or sorrow, wailing
lightning scene
an episode that occurs a litle aside from the main movement of the story that is meant to illustrate a particular aspect (i.e., the argument between Peter and the musicians)
mood
the feeling or atmosphere the writer creates for the reader (descriptive words, setting, figurative language)
tone
the attitude a writer takes towards a subject, tone reflects the feelings of the writer (emotions evoked while reading)
plot
sequence of events in the story (exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion/resolution)
prologue
the beginning/introduction of the drama/act, usually performed by a Chorus
proletarian pose
popular (or commonly known) writing or discourse
satire
spoof; make jest; ridicule for the purpose of improving society
scherzo
music term meaning "joke" in Italian refers to the Queen Mab dream story
soliloquy
a character speaks his thoughts aloud while onstage alone, not speaking to other characters or to the audience
sonnet
lyric poem of 14 lines, written in iambic pentameter; Shakespearean has 3 quatrains and a final couplet (abab cdcd efef gg)
tone shift
specific shift in tone within a scene
tradegy
a dramatic work that presents the downfall of a noble character involved in historically or socially significant events
"a sudden rash half-capriole"
a moment of poetic high spirits expressing a taste for the unexpected (at the end when the degrees of involvement in mourning are evident)