drama poetry terms

drama
In this type of irony, facts or events are unknown to a character in a play or a piece of fiction but known to the reader, audience, or other characters in the work

tragedy
A drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow

comedy
A humorous work of drama

rhyme scheme
A regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem

prologue
A speech, passage, or event coming before the main speech or event

dramatic irony
Occurs when the audience knows something important that the character in the play/story does not know.

aside
A device in which a character in a drama makes a short speech which is heard by the audience but not by other characters in the play

stanza
A group of lines in a poem

chorus
A group who says things at the same time

couplet
A pair of rhymed lines that may or may not constitute a separate stanza in a poem.

iambic pentameter
A common meter in poetry consisting of an unrhymed line with five feet or accents, each foot containing an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable.

monologue
A long speech by one actor in a play or movie, or as part of a theatrical or broadcast program.

meter
Measure

quatrain
A four line stanza

soliloquy
A long speech expressing the thoughts of a character alone on stage

sonnet
14 line poem

anaphora
The repetition of words at the beginning of successive clauses.

scene
A real or fictional episode; a division of an act in a play

act
Energy-requiring process that moves material across a cell membrane against a concentration difference

extended metaphor
A metaphor developed at great length, occurring frequently in or throughout a work.

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