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More Literary Terms and Techniques

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Transcript of More Literary Terms and Techniques

More Literary Terms and Techniques Alliteration
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Oxymoron
Blank Verse
Couplet Aside
Monologue
Soliloquy
deuteragonist
tritagonist The repetition of the same consonant in several words in a row: "When to the sessions of sweet silent thought...." (Sonnet XXX) Any use of language that appeals to one or more of the five senses: "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright." A phrase that includes two words, usually an adjective and a noun, that seem to contradict each other: "O brawling love, o loving hate." Poetic lines written in unrhymed iambic pentameter:
"If ever you disturb our streets again,
Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace. Iambic pentameter is a two word term for the way some lines of poetry are composed. The "iambic" part refers to the rhythm, an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. The "pentameter" part refers to the fact that there are five (penta) iambic "feet" (meters), and thus ten syllables. A pair of rhyming lines. Shakespearean couplets are usually in iambic pentameter, and are all over his plays, quite often at moments of heightened drama or emotion, and quite often at then end of scenes:
Romeo: Farewell: thou canst not teach me to forget.
Benvolio: I'll pay that doctrine, or else die in debt. A short speech in which a character expresses inner thoughts. This is the Shakespearean equivalent of a voice-over: ROMEO [Aside.]: Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this? A longer speech spoken by a character in a play. A speech that is spoken by a character in a play who has been left alone on stage. This is also the Shakespearean equivalent of a voice-over, and lets the audience know what the character is thinking In ancient Greece, the deuteragonist was the second most important actor in a company. The word is often used in modern times to mean the second most important character in a story. In the Toy Story movies, Woody is probably the protagonist, while Buzz is the deuteragonist. The tritagonist in ancient Greece was the third most important actor in a troupe. Today, this term is used to describe the third most important character in a story. The tritagonist is usually not a sympathetic character; he or she is often unpleasant or mean to the protagonist. In Franklin, Bear is clearly the deuteragonist, while Beaver is the tritagonist.
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