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a stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones (i.e., fluttering, blueberry)

dactyl

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two things split apart

dichotomy

3

a meter in which a majority of the feet are dactyls

dactylic meter

4

the dictionary meaning of a word

denotation

5

"untying the knot;" in plot, conflict has been resolved and balance is restored in the world of the story

denouement

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"machine of the gods;" the supernatural intervention by the gods or god to resolve entanglements of a play or a predicament of the protagonist

deus ex machina

7

dialogue or narration written to simulate regional or cultural speech patterns

dialect

8

the conversation of characters in a literary work

dialogue

9

the selection of words in a literary work; forms one of its centrally important literary elements, as writers use words to convey action, reveal character, imply attitudes, identify themes, and suggest values

diction

10

poetry having as a primary purpose to teach or preach

didactic poetry

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a situation in which a character must choose between two courses of action, both undesirable

dilemma

12

a metrical line containing two feet

dimeter

13

the method of characterization in which the author by exposition or analysis, tells us directly what a character is like, or has someone else in the story do so (narrator tells)

direct presentation of character

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any dramatic device which, though it departs from reality, is implicitly accepted by author and audience as a means of representing reality

dramatic convention

15

the presentation through dialogue of info about events that occurred before the action of a play, or that occur offstage or between the staged actions; this may also refer to the presentation of info about individual characters' backgrounds or the general situation *historical, political, etc.) in which the action takes place

dramatic exposition

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the situation, whether actual or fictional, realistic or fanciful, in which an author places his or her characters in order to express the theme

dramatic framework

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tension created by the contrast between what a character says or thinks and what the audience or readers know to be true; as a result of this technique, some words or actions in a story or play take on a different meaning for the reader than they do for the characters

dramatic irony

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a type of poem in which a speaker addresses a silent listener; as readers, we overhear the speaker

dramatic monologue

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Latin for a list of the characters or persons in a play

dramatis personae

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the presentation of character or of emotion through the speech or action of characters rather than through exposition, analysis, or description by the author

dramatization

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a meter in which a majority of the feet contain two syllables; iambic and trochaic are both examples

duple meter

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a character who, during the course of story, undergoes a permanent change in some distinguishing moral qualities, personal traits, or outlook

dynamic character

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a type of drama, allied to comedy, radically nonrealistic in both content and presentation, that emphasizes the absurdity, emptiness, or meaninglessness of life

drama of the absurd