Macbeth Standards Focus: Literary Elements

Alliteration Repetition of constant sounds at the beings of stressed syllables
Allusion A literary references to a well known work of art, music, history or literature
Blank verse A non rhyming poetry, usually written in aim is pentameter. Most of Shakespeare’s plays are written in this form, which is very close to normal speech rhythms and patterns. Often Shakespeare will deviate from the form in order to a make a pint about the characters state of mind or for other emphasis, like a change in the mood
Comic relief In a tragedy, a break in the seriousness for a moment of comedy or silliness
Double entendre A word or phrase with more than one meaning, usually when the second meaning is risqué
Dramatic irony
Euphemism Gvgv
Figurative language
Foreshadowing
Iamb
Iambic pentameter
Imagery
Irony
Metaphor
Oxymoron
Personification
Prose
Pun
Reversal
Rhyming couplet
Simile

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