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The repetition of the same initial sound in two or more consecutive or closely associated words. Example "Now old desire doth in his deathbed lie."

The term used to describe words or phrases that
appeal to the five senses. Figurative language
may create images, but not all images are figures of speech.

A speech given by a character alone on the stage.
The purpose of a soliloquy is to let the audience
know what the character is thinking and feeling.

A figure of speech that implies or states a
comparison between two unlike things which are similiar in some way. Unlike similes, metaphors do not use like or as.

A contrast between what is and what appears to be. One type of irony is verbal in which a character says one thing and means another. Another is dramatic irony in which the audience knows what the characters
do not.

A work of literature designed to be performed, a play.

A brief remark made by a character and intended to be heard by the audience but not by other characters.

A type of drama of human conflict which ends in defeat and suffering. Often the main character has a
tragic flaw which leads to his/her destruction.
Sometimes the conflict is with forces beyond the
control of the character- fate, evil in the world.

A contrast of two contradictory terms for the sake of
emphasis. Example: "A damned saint, an honourable

A play that is humurous usually has a happy ending.

A figure of speech that states a comparison between
two essentially unlike things which are similar in one aspect. Similes are introduced by like or as.


A small unit of a play in which there is no shift of locale or time.

William Shakespeare lived during what era?

The Elizabethan era.

A figure of speech in which human qualities are
attributed to inanimate objects, animals, or ideas.
Example: "Jocund day/ Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops."

What was the name of the theater that William
Shakespeare founded?


Comic relief
A humorous scene or speech in a seriousdrama which is meant to provide relief from emotional intensity and, by contrast, to heighten the seriousness of the story.

A reference to a literary or historical person or
event to explain a present situation. Allusion
from mythology: "She'll not be hit/With Cupid's arrow. She hath Dian's wit..."

Something that occurs out of time. For example,
in Julius Caesar, a clock sounds. In reality,
clocks were not around then.

Iambic Meter
The rhythm Shakspeare uses in his lines- an unaccented syllable followed by an accented syllable.
Most lines have five iambs, a pentameter.

Who was William Shakespeare's wife?
Anne Hathaway

When was William Shakespeare born?

When did he die?
Born- 1564 Died- 1616

Where was William Shakespeare's home town?


A main division of a drama. Shakespeare's plays consist of five acts with each act subdivided into scenes.

A hint of what is to come in the story. This is often used to keep the audience in a state of expectancy.