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byWilliam Shakespeare

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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. 1906. 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 and his dramatic contemporaries (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 i. I. 43 of the present play: "He will not suffer us to burn their bones." 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 the 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 i. I, 27: "And as you wish yourself to thrive with fair ones." The rhythm is complete with the word fair, ones being an extra eleventh syllable. See also lines 56, 57, 60, 63, etc. 2. The accent in any part of the verse may be shifted from an even to an odd syllable; as in i. I, 26: "Hear and respect me! For your mother's sake"; and 29: "Now for the love of him whom Jove hath mark'd." In both lines the accent is shifted from the second to the first syllable. This change occurs very rarely i...

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Title:WorksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:December 31, 2011Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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