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Romeo & Juliet . Vocabulary. 1. foil. A character in literature who has qualities that are in sharp contrast to another character, thus emphasizing the traits of each. 2. Blank verse. Text that is written in measured lines that do not rhyme. 3. pun.

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romeo juliet

Romeo & Juliet

Vocabulary

1 foil
1. foil
  • A character in literature who has qualities that are in sharp contrast to another character, thus emphasizing the traits of each.
2 blank verse
2. Blank verse
  • Text that is written in measured lines that do not rhyme.
3 pun
3. pun
  • A play on words that have similar sounds but more than one possible spelling or meaning.

For example, Romeo says Mercutio has “nimble soles,” but he himself has “a sole of lead”.

4 meter
4. meter
  • Length of a line of verse measured by counting the stresses
5 iambic pentameter
5. Iambic pentameter
  • Pattern of lines in fives of iambs-

Example: this line has 5 feet, so it’s written in pentameter. And the stressing pattern is all iambs:

  • if YOU | would PUT | the KEY | inSIDE | the LOCK
  • da DUM | da DUM | da DUM | da DUM | da DUM
6 prose
6. prose
  • Language without rhythmic structure
7 pernicious
7. pernicious
  • Causing great injury or ruin
8 adversary
8. adversary
  • A person who opposes or fights against another
9 grievance
9. grievance
  • Injustice; complaint
10 oppression
10. oppression
  • Feeling of being weighed down with worries or problems