Say Whaaa ?. A brief guide to Shakespearian Language. SONNET 18. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date. Did people really talk like that?. UH…NO.
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A brief guide to Shakespearian Language
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Shakespeare manipulated language structure, invented words and phrases, and used wordplay for poetic and dramatic effect.
I ate the sandwich.
I the sandwich ate.
Ate the sandwich I.
Ate I the sandwich.
The sandwich I ate.
The sandwich ate I.
Locate the subject, verb, and the object of the
Notice, in Shakespeare’s work, the object of
the sentence is often placed at the beginning
(the sandwich) in front of the verb (ate) and
ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM
complete unit of a metrical pattern
Adds an extra unstressed beat at the end of a line to emphasize a character’s sense of contemplation.
To be, / or not / to be: / that is / the ques- / -tion
proclamations, written challenges,
accusations, letters, comedic moments, and to express madness.
The easiest way to tell whether a speech is written in verse or prose is to look at how the text is presented on the page. Verse doesn’t go to the edge of the page, whereas prose does. This is because of the ten syllables to a line structure.
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