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  • 1. Aside
    • Words spoken by an actor intended to be heard by the audience but not by other characters on stage
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2. Ballad

  • A simple narrative poem
  • Often incorporates dialogue written in quatrains

3. Ballad The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • It is an ancient Mariner, And he stoppeth one of three. `By thy long grey beard and glittering eye, Now wherefore stopp'st thou me? The bridegroom's doors are opened wide, And I am next of kin; The guests are met, the feast is set: Mayst hear the merry din.' He holds him with his skinny hand, "There was a ship," quoth he. `Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!' Eftsoons his hand dropped he. He holds him with his glittering eye -The Wedding-Guest stood still, And listens like a three years' child: The Mariner hath his will.

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  • Unrhymed iambic pentameter

5. Blank Verse Portrait Dune Femme (excerpt) Ezra Pound Your mind and you are our Sargasso Sea, London has swept about you this score years And bright ships left you this or that in fee: Ideas, old gossip, oddments of all things, Strange spars of knowledge and dimmed wares of price. Great minds have sought you--lacking someone else. You have been second always. Tragical? No. You preferred it to the usual thing: One dull man, dulling and uxorious, One average mind--with one thought less, each year.

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