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the idea that a play should be limited to a specific time, place, and story line; the events of the plot should occur within a 24-hr period, should occur within a given geographic locale, and should tell a single story

unities

2

the presentation or framing of something as less important, urgent, awful, good, powerful, and so on, than it actually is, often for satiric or comical effect; the opposite of hyperbole, it is often used along with this technique and for a similar effect

understatement

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a figure of speech in which what is said is the opposite of what is meant

verbal irony

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a broad term that refers to a piece of writing that is metered and rhythmic

verse

5

a short narrative scene or description, often one in a series; if a story or novel is composed of a series of these, it often relies on a thematic, rather than a plot-driven, structure

vignette

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a 19-line lyric poem that relies heavily on repetition; the first and third lines alternate throughout the poem, which is structured in six stanzas--five tercets and a concluding quatrain; much of the power of this form lies in its repeated lines and their subtly shifting sense or meaning over the course of the poem

villanelle

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key turning point in the end of the poem; last stanza, last/next to last line

volta

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techniques by which writers manipulate language for effect; ex: puns, or double entendres (expressions with two meanings)

wordplay

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a technique in which one verb is used with multiple (and often incongruous) objects, so that the definition of the verb is changed, complicated, or made both literal and figurative; ex: "they covered themselves with dust and glory;" he was alternatively cudgelling his brains and his donkey when, passing the workhouse, his eyes encountered the bill on the gate"

zeugma