Poetry Terms & Drama Terms Poetry Terms Alliteration
: repetition of consonant sounds in words that are close to one another.
: a reference to a statement, person, place, event, or thing that is known from literature, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, or pop culture.
: repetition of vowel sounds.
: two lines, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit.
: poetry that has no regular meter or rhyme scheme.
: a unit in poetry consisting of one unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.
: a poetic line containing five iambs, or ten syllables.
: language that evokes the senses, especially visual description.
: element of a verse or stanza; a phrase or sentence.
: a comparison not using “like” or “as,” usually of two unlike things.
: the rhythm of the poem; regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in poetry.
: a theme or idea repeated in design or pattern in a work of literature.
: the use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning; ex. buzz, knock, splash, bark, crash.
: a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear together.
: giving human characteristics to a non-human thing.
: a joke exploiting the difference possible meanings of a word
: a repeated line or number of lines in a poem, typically at the end of each verse.
: the pattern of rhymed lines; ex. AABBCC.
: the time and place of the poem; it establishes atmosphere, contributes to the emotional effect.
: a comparison using “like” or “as.”
: a poem of fourteen lines, with a formal rhyme scheme, and typically ten syllables per line.
: the voice that is talking to us in the poem.
: a thing that stands for itself and something else.
: the subject or message conveyed in a work of literature.
: a group of lines forming a unit in a poem.
Drama terms Act
: a main division in a play.
: words spoken by a character in a play, usually in an undertone, not intended to be heard by other characters on stage.
: verses written in iambic pentameter with no rhyme scheme.
: a literary work that is amusing and/or ends happily.
: conversations held by characters.
: a story acted out by actors who take parts of specific characters.
: a device whereby the audience is given information regarding a situation that the characters involved do not have.
: a short speech at the end of the play which provides further comment or information.
: a character who sets off another character by contrast.
: a short speech at the beginning of a play which introduces the action.
: a division in a play which marks a change in the time or place of the play’s action.
: a speech in which a character, alone on stage, expresses his or her thoughts aloud.
: a serious play in which the central characters meet an unhappy or disastrous end.