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					 LANGUAGE &
VOCABULARY
Tips for reading Shakespearean drama

 You must learn to hear the verse spoken aloud
  as you read it
 You must see it enacted in an imaginary theater
 DO NOT try to understand every single word.
  Worrying about one or two words you don’t know
  can take away from the overall
  meaning/comprehension.
 Do not stop at the end of each line…follow the
  punctuation.
Vocabulary

blank verse – unrhymed verse written in
 iambic pentameter

iambic pentameter – 10 syllable lines in
 which every second syllable is stressed.

imagery – helps to create mood, reveal
 characters, and suggest ideas.
Vocabulary
soliloquy – a speech in which a
 character, alone on stage, expresses his
 or her thoughts to the audience.

aside – a remark made to the audience,
 unheard by other characters.

monologue – lengthy speech addressed
 to other characters, not the audience.
Vocabulary

metaphorical language – involves a
 comparison of unlike things.

theme – the central idea(s) or insight(s)
 about life revealed in a work of literature.

prologue – an introduction; poem recited
 to introduce a play.
Vocabulary

pun – the humorous use of a word, or of
 different words sounded alike, so as to
 play on the various meanings.

foreshadowing – to indicate or suggest
 beforehand.

				
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