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Vocabulary: Drama and Shakespeare. Comic relief : the inclusion of a humorous character, scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension .

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terms definitions

Comic relief: the inclusion of a humorous character, scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension.

  • Foil: In fiction, a foil is a character who contrasts with another character (usually the protagonist) in order to highlight particular qualities of the other character.
  • Blank verse:poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter.
  • Allusion: An allusion is a figure of speech that makes a reference to, or a representation of, people, places, events, literary work, myths, or works of art, either directly or by implication.
  • Analogy: A comparison between two things (similes and metaphors are both examples of an analogy).
Terms & Definitions
elizabethan language

against: for, in preparation for hence: away; from here

  • anon: soon hie: hurry
  • aye: yes hither: here
  • but: only; except marry: indeed
  • e’en: even whence: where
  • e’er: ever wherefore: why
  • ere: before wilt: will
  • haply: perhaps withal: in addition
  • happy: fortunate would: wish
Elizabethan Language
o brawling love o loving hate

oxymoron: a figure of speech containing a seemingly contradictory statement, such as “cold fire.”

  • An oxymoron can show the contradictory elements of life, or the degree to which each element of a pair can generate its own opposite—love and hate, pleasure and pain. (for more examples, see Romeo’s speech in Act I, Scene I, p. 737)
O brawling love, O loving hate…
nurse s speech act i sc ii

Wormwood: a bitter-tasting plant used to wean the child from the dug or “teat”

  • Tetchy: peevish, irritable
  • Trow: believe, assure you
  • Trudge: be off quickly
  • High-lone: on her feet, without help
  • Rood: cross
  • Broke her brow (bruised her forehead, by falling)
  • By my halidom: by all things holy
  • Stinted: ceased
  • Once: someday
Nurse’s Speech, Act I Sc.ii
expressive vocabulary

Practice using the following words when discussing the characters and scenes of the play:

  • Illustrates
  • Contrast
  • Emphasizes
  • Reinforces
Expressive Vocabulary