Glossary of key terms

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Antithesis
 

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Alliteration
 

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Aside
 

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Chain of Being
 

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Comedy
 

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Couplet
 

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Dark lady
 

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Dramatic irony
 

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Elizabethan era
 

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Fair youth
 

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Fate 
 

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Foreshadowing
 

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History play
 

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Hubris
 

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Humanism
 

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Iambic pentameter
 

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Jacobean era
 

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King James I
 

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King’s Men 
 

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Lord Chamberlain’s Men
 

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Metaphor 
 

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Meter
 

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Personification
 

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Playwright
 

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Prologue
 

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Prose
 

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Pun
 

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Queen Elizabeth I
 

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Renaissance 
 

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Rhyme
 

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Simile
 

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Soliloquy
 

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Sonnet
 

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Symbol
 

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Thou 
 

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Tragedy
 

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Tragic flaw
 

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Tragic hero
 

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Trochaic tetrameter
 

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Verse
 

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