SHAKESPEARE: IAMBIC PENTAMETER

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  • What fray was here…tell me not for I have heard it all…heres MUCH TO DO WITH HATE BUT MORE WITH LOVE…WHY THEN OF BRAWLING LOVE OH LOVING THE OH ANYTHING OF NOTHING FIRST CREATE, OH HEAVY LIGHTNESS SERIOUS VANITY MISHAPEN CHAOS OF WELLSEEMING FORMS FEATHER OF LEAD COLD FIRE SICK HEALTH STILL WAKING SLEEP THIS LOVE FEEL I THAT FEEL NO LOVE IN THIS
  • SHAKESPEARE: IAMBIC PENTAMETER

    1. 1. William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet Act 1 Scene 5 Sonnet / Iambic Pentamter
    2. 2. <ul><li>ROMEO </li></ul><ul><li>If I profane with my unworthiest hand </li></ul><ul><li>This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this : </li></ul><ul><li>My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand </li></ul><ul><li>To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss </li></ul>1st Quatrain (4 line stanza) in rhyme scheme A B A B
    3. 3. <ul><li>JULIET </li></ul><ul><li>Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much , </li></ul><ul><li>Which mannerly devotion shows in this </li></ul><ul><li>For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch </li></ul><ul><li>And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss </li></ul>2nd Quatrain (4 line stanza) in rhyme scheme C D C D
    4. 4. <ul><li>ROMEO </li></ul><ul><li>Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too </li></ul><ul><li>JULIET </li></ul><ul><li>Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer . </li></ul><ul><li>ROMEO </li></ul><ul><li>Then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do </li></ul><ul><li>They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair </li></ul>3rd Quatrain (4 line stanza) in rhyme scheme E F E F
    5. 5. <ul><li>JULIET </li></ul><ul><li>Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake . </li></ul><ul><li>ROMEO </li></ul><ul><li>Then move not, while my prayer's effect I take </li></ul>Couplet (2 line stanza) in rhyme scheme GG
    6. 6. <ul><li>First quatrain : An exposition of the main theme and main metaphor . </li></ul><ul><li>Second quatrain : Theme and metaphor extended or complicated; often, some imaginative example is given. </li></ul><ul><li>Third quatrain : Peripeteia ( twist or conflict ), often introduced by a &quot;but&quot; (very often leading off the ninth line ). </li></ul><ul><li>Couplet : Summarizes and leaves the reader with a new, concluding image . </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>1st Quatrain sets up metaphor of Romeo as unworthy yet aggressive Pilgrim </li></ul><ul><li>2nd Quatrain extends metaphor previously established and complicates it with the idea of Juliet as a saint </li></ul><ul><li>3rd Quatrain introduces the dilemma of the kiss . Also foreshadows future conflict. </li></ul><ul><li>Couplet concludes they will kiss however Juliet will not actively participate ; she allows Romeo to act . </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>When Romeo and Juliet meet they speak just fourteen lines before their first kiss. These fourteen lines make up a shared sonnet (resembles a relationship). </li></ul><ul><li>A sonnet is a perfect, idealized poetic form often used to write about love . Encapsulating the moment of origin of Romeo and Juliet’s love within a sonnet therefore creates a perfect match between literary content and formal style. </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>The use of the sonnet also serves a second, darker purpose . </li></ul><ul><li>The play’s Prologue is a single sonnet of the same rhyme scheme as Romeo and Juliet’s shared sonnet (iambic pentameter). </li></ul><ul><li>The Prologue sonnet introduces the play and, through its description of Romeo and Juliet’s eventual death, also creates the sense of fate that permeates Romeo and Juliet. </li></ul><ul><li>The shared sonnet therefore creates a formal link between their love and their destiny . With a single sonnet, Shakespeare finds a means of expressing perfect love and linking it to a tragic fate . </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><ul><li>Opposition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word Play </li></ul></ul>Shakespeare’s Craft
    11. 11. <ul><li>Yay…Done with Summer Semester! </li></ul>

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