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a person or thing that is chronologically out of time or place
front half/back half of the stage
a god introduced into a play to resolve the plot
a repeated word, phrase, line, or group of lines, normally at some fixed position in a poem written in stanzaic form
a smooth, pleasant-sounding choice and arrangement of sounds
the character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy; hamartia
the writer's attitude toward the subject, the audience, or herself or himself; the emotional coloring or meaning of a work
a figure of speech that consists of saying less than one means
metrical language, opposite of prose
a rhyme in which the repeated accented vowel sound is in the final syllable of both words
writing that uses figures of speech as opposed to literal language
a harsh, discordant, unpleasant arrangement of sounds
a speech pause occurring within a line
an 8-line stanza
a situation, or use of language, involving some kind of incongruity or discrepancy
a 6-line stanza
any syllable given more prominence in pronunciation than its neighbors
words in a rhyming pattern that have some sound correspondence but are not exact rhymes (ex: fit/hate)
a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowe
writing that appeals to all of our senses
a long speech made by one actor in a play, film, etc, esp when alone
two successive lines, usually in the same meter, linked by rhyme
repetition of an opening word or phrase in a series of lines
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any fixed pattern of rhyming throughout a poem
any wavelike recurrence of motion or sound; a “beat” created when poetry is read aloud
a rhyme in which the repeated accented vowel is in either the second or third-last syllable of the words involved
a reference in a work of literature to something outside the work, often from the Bible, Greek mythology, or another well-known work of art or literature
a figure of speech in which an implicit comparison is made between two things essentially unlike
a figurative device sustained for several lines or throughout an entire poem
the use of words that supposedly mimic their meaning in their sound
a line in a poem that ends with a natural speech pause, usually marked by punctuation
unrhymed, non-metered poetry
a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy
part of the stage to the right/left of the performer facing the audience
a four-line stanza, usually used in a sonnet marked off by its rhyme scheme
the repetition of consonant sounds in close proximity used for a desired effect
unrhymed iambic pentameter
one or more unstressed syllables at the beginning of a line of verse
an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present
a line that has no natural speech pause at its end, allowing the meaning to flow uninterruptedly into the next line
a figure of speech in which an explicit comparison is made between two things essentially unlike using 'like' or 'as'
the use of something closely related for the thing actually meant
the leading character, hero, or heroine of a drama or other literary work
a figure of speech in which human attributes are given to an animal, object, or concept
the basic unit of measurement in metrical verse, usually containing one accented syllable and either one or two unaccented syllables
a rhyme in which the repeated accented vowel is in the final syllable of the words involved
DefinitionWord
a figure of speech in which something means more than what it is
the regular patterns of accent that underlie metrical verse
a group of lines in poetry whose metrical pattern is repeated throughout the poem. In free verse, a stanza is simply a group of lines set off by line breaks in the poem.
a story in which people, things and events have another meaning
Agreed upon and understood rules, practices, and procedures of production
a figure of speech in which someone absent or dead, or something non-human, is addressed as if it were present and could reply
the repetition at close intervals of the final consonant sounds of accented syllables or important words
the repetition of the accented vowel sound and all succeeding sounds in important or importantly positioned words
a restatement of the content of a poem designed to make its prose meaning as clear as possible
a statement or situation containing apparently contradictory or incompatible elements
the repetition of vowel sounds in close proximity used for a desired effect
a sonnet using three coordinate quatrains with an alternating rhyme pattern (abab, cdcd, efef) and a concluding rhyming couplet (gg). It usually shows subtle shifts in thought at e
rhymes that occur at the end of the lines
an adversary to the main character, one who presents conflict in a story
any poem using a set length and pattern prescribed by previous usage or tradition, such as the sonnet, villanelle, or ballad
a sonnet consisting of an octave and a sestet, typically using the rhyme scheme abba abba cdcdcd or abba abba cdecde. It poses a problem or situation in the octave, then offers a r
deliberate exaggeration or overstatement
the process of measuring the metrical pattern in a poem
a part of an actor's lines supposedly not heard by others on the stage and intended only for the audience.
a short composition having the intentions of poetry but written in prose rather than verse
a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole

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