ROMEO AND JULIET: ACT I- THE STRUCTURE OF SHAKESPEARE

blank verse unrhymed iambic pentameter
comedy a play in which problems are resolved in a happy satisfying way
iambic pentameter a form of poetry with ten syllables per line in an unstressed/stressed pattern
prose ordinary speech with no set syllable count and no rhyme
tragedy a play in which the noble main character suffers and is brought low
aside words spoken by one character that other characters don’t hear
foil secondary character who serves as a contrast to a main character
monologue a long speech by one character in the presence of others
allusion a short reference to something or someone outside the text
pun a humorous play on words
soliloquy a long speech by one character alone onstage

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