Forms of Language used in Shakespeare's plays
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- 1. A LESSON IN BLANK VERSE, RHYMED VERSE AND PROSE Forms of Language used in Shakespeares plays
- A FORM OF POETRY THAT DOES NOT RHYME, ALSO KNOWN AS UNRHYMED IAMBIC PENTAMETER
- 3. Blank Verse broken down
- Blank means that the poetry is not rhymed.
- Iambic pentameter refers to the fact that each line contains five iambs.
- An Iamb is a metrical foot, consisting of a stress syllable followed by an unstressed syllable.
- This is the form of language that Shakespeare usually wrote in.
- Although we dont speak in this stressed/unstressed form, blank verse resembles most closely the natural rhythm of the English language.
- A FORM OF POETRY THAT RHYMES
- 5. A few things about Rhymed Verse:
- Reserved for romantic scenes (ie. When Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time at the Capulet ball in Act I scene 5)
- Reserved also for heroic or political speeches
- Rhymed verse makes the scene memorable.
- ORDINARY WRITTEN OR SPOKEN LANGUAGE
- 7. A few things about Prose:
- Used especially for the lines of servants and musicians, or others of lower social standing.
- Using prose for these characters emphasized their lack of education and their place in Elizabethan society.