Dactyl <ul><li>A foot of poetry consisting of a stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables. </li></ul>
Dactyl BTW: ptero- means “wing,” so pterodactyl means “wing-finger” How the name came about: Dactylos is Greek for “finger”
Dactyl Dactyls are usually arranged in dactylic pentameter or hexameter. However, these meters are more flexible because dactyls are hard to incorporate all the time. Each foot in a dactylic hexameter verse has the potential to be a dactyl or a spondee (foot with two long syllables—but we’ll look at those later)
Dactyl “ Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “ This is the for est pri me val. The mur muring pines and the hem locks, Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight, Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic, Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms.” You should notice inconsistencies within the meter. Dactyls are spotted sporadically.
Denouement <ul><li>The conclusion or tying up of loose ends in a literary work; the resolution of the conflict or plot </li></ul><ul><li>French meaning: the untying of a knot </li></ul>
Denouement <ul><li>Typically a scene in which all the plot’s intricacies are revealed. </li></ul>
Deus ex machina <ul><li>A Greek invention in which a character appears at the last moment and resolves the loose ends of a play. </li></ul>
Deus ex machina <ul><li>Translates to “deity from out of a machine” </li></ul>From Greek and Roman dramas—if characters found themselves in an impossible situation, a god would be lowered from a crane to resolve the problem.