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a repetition of similar sounds, usually consonants or consonant characters, in a group of words
a story acted out, usually on a stage, by actors and actresses who take the parts of specific characters
A playwright's descriptive or interpretive comments that provide readers (and actors) with information about the dialogue, setting, and action of a play
figure of speech
an example of figurative language that states something is not literally true in order to create an effect
a fourteen-line lyric poem consisting of two parts: the octave (or first eight lines)and the sestet (or last six lines)
a long, uninterrupted speech (in a narrative or drama) that is spoken in the presence of other characters
a fourteen-line lyric poem consisting of three quatrains (four line stanzas) and a concluding couplet (two rhyming lines)
a speech, usually lengthy, in which a character, along on stage, expresses his or her thoughts aloud
a fourteen-line lyric poem, usually written in rhymed iambic pentameter (in lines of ten syllables with a stress on every other syllable)
The spectacle a play presents in performance, including the position of actors on stage, the scenic background, the props and costumes, and the lighting and sound effects
suspension of disbelief
a willingness to suspend one's critical faculties and believe the unbelievable; sacrifice of realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment
in general, a literary work in which the central character meets an unhappy or disastrous end
a comparison between two unlike things with the intent of giving added meaning to one of them
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