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a literary device in that an actor speaks to the audience; he/she is not heard by the other characters who are on stage with him or her
a humorous or farcical interlude in a serious literary work or drama, especially a tragedy, intended to relieve the dramatic tension or heighten the emotional impact by means of contrast
a fanciful poetic image, especially an elaborate or exaggerated comparison (metaphor) that gets developed beyond the initial mention of it.
a character who interacts with another character with very different qualities for the purpose of emphasizing those differences. This is a juxtaposition of unlike characters.
poetic rhythm co nsisting of 10 beats in a pattern of unstressed, then stressed syllables.
a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another - a comparison of two unlike things
substitution of a term naming an object closely associated with the word in mind for the word itself
inanimate objects or abstractions are endowed with human qualities or are represented as possessing human form
a phrase that deliberately exploits confusion between similar-sounding words for humorous or rhetorical effect
a speech of a character in a play while the speaker is alone, to show the audience what the character is thinking.
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