Macbeth Terms

allusion A reference to a statement, person, place, event, or thing that is known from literature, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, science, or popular culture
Aside Private words that a character is a play speaks to the audience or to another character and that are not supposed to be overheard by others onstage
Blank verse unrhymed iambic pentameter
Connotation an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning.
Couplet Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme
Denotation The dictionary definition of a word
Elision The omission of a final or initial sound of a word, oftentimes of an unstressed vowel or syllable to a verse to achieve uniform rhythm
end-stopped line A line of poetry in which the meter and the meaning conclude with the end of the line
Enjambment Verse in which the sense runs from one line to the next
Iambic pentameter A line of poetry made of five iambs
Imagery Language that appeals to the senses; imagery can enrich writing by making it more vivid, setting a tone, suggesting emotions, and guiding a readers reaction
Imaginary puissance Suspension of disbelief
Paradox A seemingly absurd or contradictory statement that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true
Poetry is one of the three major types of literature, the others being prose and drama
Prose written or spoken language in its ordinary form and one of the three major types of literature
Soliloquy A long speech made by a character who is alone on stage and who reveals his or her private thoughts and feeling to the audiance
Stress The relative force with which a sound or syllable is spoken
Tanistry Ancient Scottish law that states that no son of a king could succeed his father directly. Tanistry required that the first ranking adult of the nearest branch of family be elected to succeed the king and act as military leader
Thane Head of a Scottish clan (family or tribe)

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