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Iambic Pentameter

A line of verse with five metrical feet, each consisting of one short (or unstressed) syllable followed by one long (or stressed) syllable. For example: Two households, both alike in dignity

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Foreshadowing

When the author implies that something will happen later on in the book by embedding hints in the text.

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Monologue

A speech given by an actor on stage, usually when alone

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Soliloquy

A speech given by an actor alone on stage--reveals character's inner thoughts/feelings

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Dialogue

A series of sentences spoken between people, a conversation

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Rising action

When events build up to a climax, usually act two in plays

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Climax

The turning point in a piece of work, usually act three of a play

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Falling action

When the action starts to slow and lead to the end of the book, act four in plays

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Resolution

The ending of a story where the issues get cleared up, act five of a play

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Prose

Written or spoken language in ordinary form, without metrical structure, as distinguished from poetry or verse

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Couplet

Two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit

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Pun

A play on words

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Blank verse

A poem with no rhyme but does have iambic pentameter.

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Free verse

Poetry that does not rhyme or have regular meter

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Irony

Saying one thing but meaning another, doing something but meaning the opposite, contrast between appearance and actuality

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Verbal Irony

When a person says one thing but means the opposite

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Dramatic Irony

When the audience knows something that the characters do not

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Situational Irony

A situation in which the outcome is different than what is expected

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Sonnet

"Little song" a poem of fourteen lines using any of a number of formal rhyme schemes, in English typically having ten syllables per line

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Personification

When a non-human object is given human qualities

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Allusion

A brief reference to an event or person from history, literature, or popular culture, which is meant to activate background knowledge

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Metaphor

A comparison made without using "like" or "as"

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Simile

A comparison made using "like" or "as"

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Speaker

The narrative voice of the poem (not necessarily the poet)

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Setting

The place where an event goes on, where something is set

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Tragedy

When main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, often as a result of tragic flaw

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Symbolism

The use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities, using symbolic images and indirect suggestions to express other ideas

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Imagery

Vivid figurative language that appeals to one of the five senses

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Visual (imagery)

Sight

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Olfactory (imagery)

Smell