The Language of William Shakespeare’s Plays


Download 473 b.
Sana24.11.2017
Hajmi473 b.


The Language of William Shakespeare

  • Shakespeare’s Plays




What Makes Shakespeare’s Plays Great?



The Language of Shakespeare’s Plays

  • Shakespeare uses both poetry and prose in his plays.

    • Elizabethan playwrights generally considered poetry to be elevated language.
      • Poetry is usually spoken by the main or high-ranking characters.
    • Elizabethan playwrights generally considered prose to be common language.
      • Prose is usually spoken by the supporting or low-ranking characters.


Shakespeare’s Use of Poetry

  • The poetry in Shakespeare’s plays consists of both blank verse and rhymed verse.

    • Shakespeare uses blank verse—unrhymed iambic pentameter—in nearly 70 percent of his dramatic dialogue.
    • Shakespeare uses rhymed verse in about 10 percent of his dramatic dialogue.
      • His rhymed verse often consists of couplets—two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme.


Shakespeare’s Use of Blank Verse

    • Blank verse sounds similar to human speech but is still considered elevated language.
    • The rhythm of blank verse emphasizes imagery and heightens the emotional impact of language.


Shakespeare’s Use of Rhymed Verse

  • Rhymed verse is often used to express matters of love and courtship.



Shakespeare’s Use of Rhymed Verse



Shakespeare’s Use of Prose







Download 473 b.

Do'stlaringiz bilan baham:




Ma'lumotlar bazasi mualliflik huquqi bilan himoyalangan ©fayllar.org 2020
ma'muriyatiga murojaat qiling