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Arts and Humanities
World Lit Final (Literary Terms)
Terms in this set (20)
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
(theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
Poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
A figure of speech consisting of two apparently contradictory terms
A pair of lines that end in rhyme
Events after the climax, leading to the resolution
A narrative device, often used at the beginning of a work that provides necessary background information about the characters and their circumstances.
A play that ends in disaster because of a character flaw.
A character who is in most ways opposite to the main character (protagonist) or one who is nearly the same as the protagonist. The purpose of the foil character is to emphasize the traits of the main character by contrast only
make a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word.
Events leading up to the climax
Most exciting moment of the story; turning point
A speech given by a character alone on stage
event or force which starts the falling action in tragedy
A literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy
A long speech made by one performer or by one person in a group.
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.
14 line poem
A poetic foot is a basic repeated sequence of meter composed of two or more accented or unaccented syllables. In the case of an iambic foot, the sequence is "unaccented, accented". There are other types of poetic feet commonly found in English language poetry.
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