ne of the great flowerings of drama in England
occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries.
n addition to Shakespeare, authors such as
Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Middleton, and Ben
Jonson were prominent playwrights during this period.
laywrights of this period drew some of their
storylines from the lives of past kings, enhancing the
image of the Tudor monarchy and also from Greek
mythology and Roman mythology.
lizabethan theatre did not
make use of lavish scenery,
instead leaving the stage
largely bare with a few key
props, the main visual appeal
on stage was in the costumes.
Costumes were often bright in
colour and visually entrancing.
VOCABULARY arly Modern English
our (poss. adjective)
our (poss. noun)
VOCABULARY asic Verb Form
- SYNTAX urs
ubject – Verb – Object order
bject - Subject - Verb order
g. I walked the dog.
g. The dog I walked.
I do not love you.
I love you not.
- RHYTHM n Shakespeare’s plays, the lines do not generally rhyme, but they do have
a set rhythm. This is the meter.
any of these plays were written in verse, particularly iambic
he term Iambic pentametre describes the particular rhythm that the
words establish in that line.
hakespeare arranges his words so that the syllables fall into a regular
pattern; every second syllable is stressed.
ambic pentametre is a line made up of five pairs of short/long, or
LET’S SPEAK IN
In Shakespeare we shall speak.