English Shakespeare Literary elements

soliloquy
an act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud in a play when by oneself or regardless of any hearers
aside
a remark by a character in a play intended to be heard by the audience but not by other characters
monologue
a long speech by one actor in a play
hyperbole
exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally
oxymoron
a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction
sonnet
a poem of 14 lines using a formal rhyme scheme, typically 10 syllables per line
pun
the humorous use of a word or phrase so as to emphasize or suggest its different meanings or applications, or the use of words that are alike or nearly alike in soundbut different in meaning; a play on words
epithet
an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned
foreshadowing
the use of indicative words/phrases and hints that set the stage for a story to unfold and give the reader a hint of something that is going to happen without revealing the story or spoiling the suspense

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