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Academic Vocabulary for Poetry, Drama, and Prose


  1. Verse: Writing organized in a rhythmic pattern, as often as in the case of poetry.
  2. Rhythm: The regular, repeated sounds of words in a poem.
  3. Meter: A rhythm that repeats a basic pattern in a poem.
  4. Mood: The feeling a reader gets from a story.
  5. Stage Directions: The directions in a play that tell the characters where to move on the stage and what actions to perform.
  6. Scene: A single situation in a play or drama.
  7. Drama: Text that is written in a script that performers perform on stage.
  8. Rhyme scheme: A pattern of rhyming words in a poem.
  9. Setting: When and where the story takes place.
  10. Narrator: The person that tells the story.
  11. Character: A person or animal in the story.
  12. Cast: The characters in a play.... usually listed in the order they appear.
  13. Poem: A form of writing that expresses ideas and feelings through the sound and rhythm of words, as well as their meaning.
  14. Prose: Any text not written in the form of a poem or script.
  15. Dialogue: The words that the speaker speaks or talking.
  16. Stanza: A group of verses that describes an image or idea.
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