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A LESSON IN  BLANK VERSE, RHYMED VERSE  AND  PROSE Forms of Language used in Shakespeare’s plays
<ul><li>A FORM OF POETRY THAT DOES NOT RHYME, ALSO KNOWN AS UNRHYMED IAMBIC PENTAMETER </li></ul>Blank Verse:
Blank Verse broken down <ul><li>Blank means that the poetry is not rhymed. </li></ul><ul><li>Iambic pentameter refers to t...
<ul><li>A FORM OF POETRY THAT RHYMES </li></ul>Rhymed Verse:
A few things about Rhymed Verse: <ul><li>Reserved for romantic scenes (ie. When Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time a...
<ul><li>ORDINARY WRITTEN OR SPOKEN LANGUAGE </li></ul>Prose:
A few things about Prose: <ul><li>Used especially for the lines of servants and musicians, or others of lower social stand...
 
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  1. 1. A LESSON IN BLANK VERSE, RHYMED VERSE AND PROSE Forms of Language used in Shakespeare’s plays
  2. 2. <ul><li>A FORM OF POETRY THAT DOES NOT RHYME, ALSO KNOWN AS UNRHYMED IAMBIC PENTAMETER </li></ul>Blank Verse:
  3. 3. Blank Verse broken down <ul><li>Blank means that the poetry is not rhymed. </li></ul><ul><li>Iambic pentameter refers to the fact that each line contains five iambs. </li></ul><ul><li>An Iamb is a metrical foot, consisting of a stress syllable followed by an unstressed syllable. </li></ul><ul><li>This is the form of language that Shakespeare usually wrote in. </li></ul><ul><li>Although we don’t speak in this stressed/unstressed form, blank verse resembles most closely the natural rhythm of the English language. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>A FORM OF POETRY THAT RHYMES </li></ul>Rhymed Verse:
  5. 5. A few things about Rhymed Verse: <ul><li>Reserved for romantic scenes (ie. When Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time at the Capulet ball in Act I scene 5) </li></ul><ul><li>Reserved also for heroic or political speeches </li></ul><ul><li>Rhymed verse makes the scene memorable. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>ORDINARY WRITTEN OR SPOKEN LANGUAGE </li></ul>Prose:
  7. 7. A few things about Prose: <ul><li>Used especially for the lines of servants and musicians, or others of lower social standing. </li></ul><ul><li>Using prose for these characters emphasized their lack of education and their place in Elizabethan society. </li></ul>
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