Shakespeare's History Of King Henry The Fourth (volume 2)

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byWilliam Shakespeare

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904. 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 second line of the present play: "The vent of hearing when loud Rumour speaks." 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 five 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 16: "Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures." The rhythm is complete with the second syllable of conjectures, the third being an extra eleventh syllable. In iv. 2. 30 we have two extra syllables, the rhythm being complete with the first syllable of Lancaster. 2. The accent in any part of the verse may be shifted from an even to an odd syllable; as in the first line of the play: "Open your ears," etc.; and the fourth line: "Making the wind my posthorse," etc. In both line...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904. Excerpt: ... NOTES Introduction The Metre Of The Play.--It should be understood at the outset that metre, or the mechanism of verse, is som...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217053807

ISBN - 13:9780217053808

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