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Shakespeare's Tragedy of Macbeth (Volume 21) (Paperback) Loot Price: R403
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Shakespeare's Tragedy of Macbeth (Volume 21) (Paperback): William James Rolfe
Shakespeare's Tragedy of Macbeth (Volume 21) (Paperback): William James Rolfe

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Shakespeare's Tragedy of Macbeth (Volume 21) (Paperback)

William James Rolfe

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1918. Excerpt: ... NOTES Introduction The Metre Of The Play.-- It should be understood at the outset that metre, or the mechanism of verse, is something altogether distinct from the music of verse. The one is matter of rule, the other of taste and feeling. Music is not an absolute necessity of verse; the metrical form is a necessity, being that which constitutes the verse. The plays of Shakespeare (with the exception of rhymed passages, and of occasional songs and interludes) are all in unrhymed or blank verse; and the normal form of this blank verse is illustrated by the first line of the second scene in this play: "What bloody man is that? He can report." This line, it will be seen, consists of ten syllables, with the even syllables (2d, 4th, 6th, 8th, and 10th) accented, the odd syllables (1st, 3d, etc.) being unaccented. Theoretically, it is made up of fire feet of two syllables each, with the accent on the second syllable. Such a foot is called an iambus (plural, iambuses, or the Latin iambi), and the form of verse is called iambic. This fundamental law of Shakespeare's verse is subject to certain modifications, the most important of which are as follows: -- 1. After the tenth syllable an unaccented syllable (or even two such syllables) may be added, forming what is sometimes called a female line; as in line 8 of the second scene: "As two spent swimmers that do cling together." The rhythm is complete with the second syllable of together, the last syllable being an extra one. Other examples in the same scene are lines 9, 11, 14, and 52. In ii. 4. 10 we have two extra syllables, the rhythm being complete with the second syllable of unnatural. 2. The accent in any part of the verse may be shifted from an even to an odd syllable; as in lines 6 and 10 of the second scene: "Say to the king the knowled...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: William James Rolfe
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 80
ISBN-13: 978-1-150-91160-6
Barcode: 9781150911606
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-150-91160-3

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