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Shakespeare's metrical art

Author: George T Wright
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [1988] ©1988
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A poetic analysis of the great English poetic line, iambic pentameter, as used by Chaucer, Sidney, Milton, and particularly by Shakespeare. It offers a survey of Shakespeare's brilliantly varied  Read more...

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Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George T Wright
ISBN: 0520060571 9780520060579 0520076427 9780520076426
OCLC Number: 15656961
Description: xiv, 349 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The iambic pentameter line --
Chaucer and Wyatt: early expressive pentameters --
The sixteenth-century line: pattern and variation --
Flexibility and ease in four older poets --
An art of small differences: Shakespeare's Sonnets --
The verse of Shakespeare's theater --
Prose and other diversion --
Short and shared lines --
Long lines --
Shakespeare's syllabic ambiguity: more than meets the ear --
Lines with extra syllables --
Lines with omitted syllables --
Trochees --
The play of phrase and line --
Shakespeare's metrical technique in dramatic passages --
What else Shakespeare's meter reveals --
Some metrically expressive features in Donne and Milton --
Conclusion: Verse as speech, theater, text, tradition, illusion --
Appendices: Percentage distribution of prose in Shakespeare's plays --
Main types of deviant lines in Shakespeare's plays --
Short and shared lines.
Responsibility: George T. Wright.
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