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Literary terms!

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  • 1. Literary Terms! Soliloquy Genre Rhyming Couplet Farce Irony Sub-plot Imagery Blank Verse Alliteration Metaphor Pun Simile Prose Iambic pentameter A line of five iambic feet – usually 10 syllables per line. All writing that is not in verse. A figure of speech in which one thing is said to be like another, always using ‘as’ or ‘like’. A play on words. The fusion of two different ideas, where one thing is described as being another, eg: Thy lips – those/Kissing cherries – tempting grow!’ A sequence of repeated initial sounds. Unrhymed iambic pentameter, the most common Shakespearean poetic form. Word pictures which help our understanding and interpretation. A subsidiary action running parallel with the main plot of a play or novel. Saying one thing while meaning another. In dramatic ‘______’ the characters are blind to fateful circumstances of which the audience is fully aware. A form of humorous drama which uses exaggerated characters, absurd and ridiculous situations and knockabout action to get laughs. A pair of lines that rhyme. The term for a kind or type of literature, eg romantic novel, short story, play. A speech in which a character in a play speaks directly to the audience as if thinking aloud about motives, feelings and decisions.
  • 2. Literary Terms! Soliloquy Genre Rhyming Couplet Farce Irony Sub-plot Imagery Blank Verse Alliteration Metaphor Pun Simile Prose Iambic pentameter A line of five iambic feet – usually 10 syllables per line. All writing that is not in verse. A figure of speech in which one thing is said to be like another, always using ‘as’ or ‘like’. A play on words. The fusion of two different ideas, where one thing is described as being another, eg: Thy lips – those/Kissing cherries – tempting grow!’ A sequence of repeated initial sounds. Unrhymed iambic pentameter, the most common Shakespearean poetic form. Word pictures which help our understanding and interpretation. A subsidiary action running parallel with the main plot of a play or novel. Saying one thing while meaning another. In dramatic ‘______’ the characters are blind to fateful circumstances of which the audience is fully aware. A form of humorous drama which uses exaggerated characters, absurd and ridiculous situations and knockabout action to get laughs. A pair of lines that rhyme. The term for a kind or type of literature, eg romantic novel, short story, play. A speech in which a character in a play speaks directly to the audience as if thinking aloud about motives, feelings and decisions.

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