Literary Terms for Reading Plays

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Allegory

A story in which each aspect of the story has a symbolic meaning

Apostrophe

An address to someone not present, or to a personified object or idea

Ballad

A song or orally performed poem that dramatically retells the story of a popular figure

Chorus

In drama, a _______ is the group of citizens who stand outside the main action or stage and comment on it

Dialogue

Conversation carried on between characters in literary work

Dramatic Irony

When the audience knows something that the characters in the drama do not

Dramatic Monologue

Speech in which the poetry or character speaks to a silent audience of one or more

Dramatis personae

( Persons or characters of the Drama) Essentially this is the cast or list of names of the character that are to be featured in whichever play you are about to read

Farce

Today we use this word to refer to extremely broad humor. Writers of earlier times used ______ as a more neutral term, meaning simply a funny play

Foreshadowing

Early on the author gives hints of what will come later in the story

Hubris

The excessive pride or ambition that leads to the main character's downfall

Iambic Pentameter

An Iamb is a poetic foot consisting of one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable. Pentameter means that the line has five feet that may or may not rhyme as the poet refers/intends

Irony

The writer uses a word or phrase to mean the opposite of its literal or normal meaning

Melodrama

A form of chessy theater in which the hero is very, very good, the villain mean and rotten , and the heroine o-so-pure

Pastoral

A poem set in tranquil nature, or even more specifically, one about shepherds

Pun

Word or phrase used in such a way as to imply other possible meanings

Soliloquy

It is a speech that a characters delivers while on stage alone

Suspension of Disbelief

The demand made of a theater audience to accept the limitations of staging and supply the details with imagination

Tragedy

An outcome that the character could have avoided at any point, but due to certain flaws, chose not to; these errors in judgment lead to their inevitable fall