Dramatic Literary Terms. Sonnet: a fixed form of poetry, consisting of 14 lines, usually written in iambic pentameter. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets. Rhyme Scheme: A-b-a-b c-d-c-d e-f-e-f g-g. Sonnets consists of 4 “quatrains” and end with a rhymed “couplet”.
Sonnet: a fixed form of poetry, consisting of 14 lines, usually written in iambic pentameter.
Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets.
A-b-a-b c-d-c-d e-f-e-f g-g
Sonnets consists of 4 “quatrains” and end with a rhymed “couplet”.
Sonnets were the first love poems. Shakespeare became such a master of the sonnet, that this form (rhyme scheme) became known as the “Shakespearian sonnet”. Sonnets are written in ‘iambic pentameter’…Wha? Hunh?
When, in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
and trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possessed
Comic relief: a humorous scene or incident that alleviates tension in an otherwise serious work
Examples in “Romeo and Juliet”
- Juliet’s nurse: often vulgar and crass compared to the wealthy, cultured family she serves
- Mercutio: Romeo’s best friend often serves as comic relief, cracking jokes and trying to cheer Romeo up as he laments over Juliet
Aside: a brief speech (often a one-liner) directed towards the audience that is supposedly not audible to the other characters onstage
Juliet: Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I'll no longer be a Capulet.Romeo [Aside.]: Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?
Balthazar [Aside.]: "His looks I fear and his intents I doubt."
Asides are designed to keep the audience in the know about character’s actions, and to keep the audience involved: there was a great deal of audience interaction in Shakespeare’s time than in modern day plays.
Prologue, Line 5: Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean
- Shakespeare is making a pun on the word “civil”. While it means pertaining to citizens, it also means peaceful. Are hands covered in blood peaceful?
Ex: Act 1, Scene 1:
SAMPSON: I mean, an we be in choler, we'll draw.GREGORY: Ay, while you live, draw your neck out o' the collar
What is Shakespeare punning on here?
Ex: Mrs. Hess’ handsome husband hauled hay.
Puchany’s pupils pugnaciously procured pasta.
Ex: Jumbo shrimp
Act 1, Scene 1
Romeo: O brawling love, o loving hate….
reference to another work of literature, work of art, a historical event, or the Bible
Lord of the Flies is an allusion to a Biblical name for Satan
Romeo, Act 1 Scene 1:Well, in that hit you miss: she'll not be hitWith Cupid's arrow; she hath Dian's wit;