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Term Definition
Blank Verse unrhymed iambic pentameter
iambic pentameter poetry containing 10 syllables per line stressed/ unstressed, stressed/unstressed
Soliloquy lines in a play which a character speaks while alone on stage, revealing thoughts to the audience
tragedy A drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw moral weakness
Tragic Hero the main character in the story whose action cause his or her downfall
Pun An expression utilizing a play on words often meant to be humorous
personification the attribution of human qualities to non human things
Dramatic Irony the audience or reader knows more about a character's situation than the character does and knows that the character's understanding is incorrect
Situational irony a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended
verbal irony when a person says or writes one thing and means another, or uses words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of the literal
Anachronism the misplacing of a person, object, or situation outside of its correct historical time
allusion a reference to a mythological, literary, or historical person, place , or thing

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