AP Seminar King Lear: Introduction. Shakespeare’s Language. Yes, Shakespeare’s language is considered Modern English! His diction is difficult to understand because Some of his words are no longer used. Some of his words have changed in meaning. His sentences are unique in that
Paradox: A seemingly contradictory statement, which upon further analysis makes sense; that which sounds impossible but is actually possible; a side-by-side play on contradictory ideas that clash and reconcile simultaneously. Paradoxdeals with an apparent logical contradiction; irony deals with an incongruity between what is expected and what occurs, what is said and what is meant.