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

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