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1 Drama Terms Romeo and Juliet By: William Shakespeare

2 Elizabethan Terms: 0 The Elizabethan Era was named after Queen Elizabeth I of England (who reigned from 1558-1604). 0 Renaissance: A period of rebirth, originating in Italy in the 1300’s. This was a time during which great accomplishments were made in science, art and literature (lots of change)

3 Elizabethan Terms (cont.): 0 Elizabethan Drama: Playwrights turned away from writing about religious subjects and began writing more sophisticated plays, drawing on ancient Greek and Roman models.

4 Drama Terms 0 Soliloquy: A speech by a person who is talking to him/herself; used to reveal their inner thoughts and feelings to the audience 0 Monologue: A talk/speech by a single speaker who is speaking alone but others can hear them (kind of like a solo in a musical) 0 Aside: Words spoken so as not to be heard by the other characters, but are intended for the audience only (think Ferris Bueller’s Day Off).

5 Drama Terms Continued: 0 Tragedy: Plays where disaster falls upon the hero/heroine (unlike comedies where everyone gets married in the end, in tragedies, the characters usually die in the end) 0 Tragic Hero: A character who makes an error in Judgment or has a fatal flaw, which leads to their own demise or the demise of others (example: Batman/Bruce Wayne from Dark Knight Rises )

6 Drama Terms Continued: 0 Apparition: A supernatural appearance of a person/thing, especially a ghost or phantom (like in A Christmas Carol when Scrooge is visited by 3 ghosts) 0 Foil: A character who contrast well with another character in order to highlight the differences between the two (example: Mufasa vs Scar in The Lion King)

7 Literary terms: 0 Allusion: A reference, in literature, to something either directly or by implication 0 Dramatic Irony: When the audience knows what is going on, but the characters do not! 0 Comic Relief: An amusing scene, incident or speech introduced into serious or tragic elements in order to provide temporary relief from tension, or to intensify the dramatic action 0 Stage Directions: an instruction in the text of a play, especially one indicating the movement, position, or tone of an actor, or the sound effects and lighting

8 Literary terms: 0 Motif: Recurring idea (pattern) in literature 0 Anachronism: Object out of place/time (like a computer in the wild west) 0 Pun: the humorous use of a word/phrase to suggest two or more meanings at the same time 0 Oxymoron: a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction

9 Form and Structure Terms: 0 Meter: Poetic measure; the arrangement of words in a regularly measured, patterned, or rhythmic lines/verses 0 Blank Verse: Verse where the lines do not rhyme, but they share the same meter (usually iambic pentameter)

10 Form and Structure Terms: 0 Iamb: An unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable 0 Iambic Pentameter: five verse feet with each foot in an iamb (ten syllable line with the pattern going stressed, unstressed, stress, unstressed)

11 Poetry Terms: 0 Couplet: two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme 0 Quatrain: a poem or stanza within a poem, always consisting of 4 lines.

12 Poetry Terms: 0 Sonnet: 14 line poem written in iambic pentameter 0 English (Shakespearean) Sonnet: Has 3 quatrains, and ends with a couplet. A Shakespearean sonnet has a specific rhyme scheme (ABAB CDCD EFEF GG)

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