Interactive flashcards help students review their knowledge of approximately 200 terms.

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iambic pentameter
in English verse meter, ten-syllable lines with alternating unstressed and stressed syllables, the most common poetic meter in English and a particular favorite of Elizabethan playwrights such as shakespeare : "To sleep: | perchance | to dream: | ay, there's | the rub" ( hamlet ).
intermezzo (plural intermezzi )
a theatrical form of entertainment first produced in fifteenth-century Italy as an interlude between acts of a traditional drama. The performances were generally held at court and drew allegorical or mythological parallels to those being honored. The principle convention of intermezzi was lavish spectacle ; very little dialogue was used. Music, dance, and pantomime were employed to convey the story.
the narrative of a Japanese bunraku drama.
a form of dramatic theater that emerged in early-seventeenth-century Japan that involves music, dance, and acrobatics; ornate costumes and makeup; extensive scenery; and spectacular tricks of stage technology.
a form of early Japanese dance drama that took shape in the third century b.c.e. These performances were comprised of ritual dances connected with Shintoism, an ancient Japanese religion devoted to the worship of gods and spirits representing aspects of the natural world.
see catharsis.
literally, "band of revelers" (Greek), the final song or procession in a Greek Old Comedy.
in Ancient Greece, the chorus leader who sang and danced an improvised story or hymn known as the dithyramb. In Greek tragedy, the koryphaios served as the leader of the chorus but could also actively engage with the other actors on stage.
literally, "wild words" (Japanese), farcical sketches in noh drama that are performed between plays by the same actors playing the colloquial roles; also, a character in noh drama, often a servant or commoner, who speaks colloquially and acts as narrator.