A Midsummer Night’s Dream MC Terms/Words

Anaphora the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses
Anadiplosis repetition of the last word of one clause at the beginning of the following clause
Conduplicatio repetition of a key word over successive phrases or clauses
Polysyndeton the use, for rhetorical effect, of more conjunctions than is necessary or natural
Asyndeton omission of conjunctions between coordinate phrases, clauses, or words
rhyme scheme the ordered pattern of rhymes at the ends of the lines of a poem or verse.
Couplet two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit.
metric pattern the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry
Character Foil (Dramatic Foil) a character who contrasts with another character —usually the protagonist— to highlight particular qualities of the other character
Foreshadowing A narrative device that hints at coming events; often builds suspense or anxiety in the reader.
Conflict A struggle between opposing forces
comic relief comic episodes in a dramatic or literary work that offset more serious sections.
lavishly In a rich or plentiful way; abundantly
iambic pentameter meter common in Shakespeare’s writing in which a line of poetry has 5 pairs of unstressed/stressed syllables
Pun a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.
blank verse unrhymed iambic pentameter
rhymed verse Consists of a verse with end rhyme and regular meter
despondent in low spirits from loss of hope or courage
coy pretending to be shy
shrewish continually complaining or faultfinding
amorous Expressing love or the state of being in love
perjured testified falsely under oath; falsified; untrue
futile useless
fickle changeable
archaic ancient; old-fashioned