The stressing of certain syllables or words
The actual movements and speech of characters performing or “acting out” situations on the stage
A narrative in which the character, places, and events represent certain abstract qualities or idea designed to teach some moral lesson or truth
The repetition of the same consonant sounds.
A reference to mythology, history, or a literary work.
A comparison of two different things that may share common characteristics. An analogy is often used to explain or describe something unfamiliar by comparing it to something familiar.
The opponent or force in conflict with the protagonist
Words Addressed to an inanimate object as if it were alive or to an absent person as if he were present
A dramatic effect in which a character directly addresses either the audience or another character. He does this to convey his inner feelings or to comment on some action preformed. The other characters are assumed to have not heard the remark.
Another name for the Neoclassical age and the age of Pope; the first half of the 18th century, Marked by a return to classical standards.
Often anonymous works, produced from the Anglo-Saxon times until the 17th century, through which the common people could be understood.
An imitation by a modern poet of the early English and Scottish popular ballads.
Is shored, narrative folksong which tells of a single event in an objective manner.
A four-lined stanza with four accented Iambic syllables in a line one and three, and three accented syllables in lines two and four. The rhyme scheme is ABCD
Introduces the facts of another person’s life in orders them in such a way that the reader can develop real insight into the person’s character.
Unrhymed iambic pentameter, it is used for the treatment of serious themes by many great poets including Marlowe, Shakespeare, Milton, and Wordsworth .
A unique type of romantic character developed by Byron in closely associated with him. This hero is rebellious, brooding, and proud.
A pause or break in a line of poetry.
A popular art form which originated in medieval France and spread to other countries and 12th and 13th century. Originally, Carols were sung as any joyous song or hymn. However, the term has no come to be associated with Christmas carols in particular. A good example of an early English Christmas Carol is “The Cherry-Tree Carol.”
Lyricist of a lighthearted nature who emphasize the pleasures of this world and who wrote love songs to or about women. They supported in were loyal to the king.
The portrayal of the imaginary persons who carry out the action of the plot in a novel or a story.
Telling the reader directly what the character is like.
Allows the reader to draw his own conclusions from what the character thinks, or what other characters think about him.
The people who perform the action of a narrative, novel, or play. Each character often exemplifies a particular quality found in life.
Undergoes some changes and is different at the end of the story.
Remains essentially the same throughout the story.
A play that ends happily; the events are trivial, every day details of life; the characters are ordinary men rather than kings or nobles; the themes deal with a man’s imperfections, vices, and weaknesses.
A humorous event or speech used to provide temporary relief from the intense drama of the play. The English playwrights use it as a comparison to “elevate” or increase the seriousness of the play.
An elaborate comparison of two things which superficially have little in common.
Points out an unusual parallel between highly dissimilar elements.
Struggles between opposing forces.
Two rhyming lines with express a complete thought.
Two Rhymed lines written in Iambic Pentameter
A belief in an impersonal God, who, after creating the world, left it to run by natural laws and who left man to take care of himself by using his intellect.
The outcome or resolution in which all the loose ends are tied up at the end of the play, usually a comedy.
The speeches between two or more characters in a play or all the speeches of a play taken collectively.