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    Diction in the “To be or not to be” Monologue This monologue perfectly gives the reader insight into Hamlet’s inner dialogue at this point of the play because of the diction and writing style of this soliloquy. The traditional iambic pentameter usually used by Shakespeare is not used here, the majority of lines do not have the expected ten syllables, but rather eleven, or eight, or even twelve. Almost half of the lines in this soliloquy do not follow the established iambic pentameter diction, and the five most famous beginning lines completely ignore the iambic pentameter, using instead This dramatic variation is meant to emphasize the instability of Hamlet’s mind at this moment: he has gone so far from his former sanity that he can’t even follow the basic rules of the universe he is living in. “...Who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscovered country from whose bourn No traveler returns, puzzles the will…

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    wants him to be king then he shall be king whether he does anything or not. The play Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare in the year 1606. Making it roughly 411 years old, yet it is still taught in schools today. “Is it still relevant?” is a question most students ask when assigned Shakespeare, they have a valid question. Most teachers will say the reasons why Shakespeare in general is difficult are: the vocabulary, the structure, and the references used in his plays. That statement alone…

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    Iambic pentameter means five feet of measure, or 5 areas of stressed and unstressed words within a line and also like a sonnet, every two lines rhyme in order to smooth out the writing, and create an AABB pattern within the poetry. In "Thou Blind Man 's Mark" iambic pentameter is used to relieve the poem of its accusatory tone and almost make the poem into a dance of words and therefore, takes the weight out of it. If read using the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables, the poem becomes…

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    The variance is seen in iambic trimeter and iambic dimeter lines. The stanzas couple in iambic trimeter and iambic dimeter three times: “As sunlight on a stream; / Come back in tears,” “Where thirsting longing eyes / Watch the slow door,” and “Pulse for pulse, breath for breath: / Speak low, lean low” (4-5, 10-11, 16-17). These lines provide a change in rhythm that enacts the situation of longing by pausing over a description, like “as sunlight on a stream” and “thirsting longing eyes,” or…

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    wrote this poem with the intent to display his feelings as an immigrant who moved to America for a better life but instead was thrown into a situation where he was treated like an animal instead of a person. He chose to write this poem in the form of a Shakespearean sonnet, which ironically is a more common form for the writing of love poems and “if we must die” is nothing of the sort. The speaker says “if we must die, O let us nobly die” (McKay 5). Using an iambic pentameter, imagery and…

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    Shakespeare uses of iambic pentameter reveals the troubled nature of Macbeth’s ambition. The verse that he speaks shows an irregular iambic pentameter; an irregular rhythm structure, ‘If it were done when tis done speech’. The iambic pentameter switches between being perfect and imperfect which reveals that Macbeth is not in control of his emotions. The speech shows that Macbeth is not in control of his emotions. The speech also shows Macbeth ruthlessness nature is at odds with his conscience.…

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    Delving deeper into the structure of prose that Juliet uses, we can see Shakespeare’s emphasis on Fortune as a changeable phenomenon. It is typical of Shakespeare to write in the rhythmic pattern of iambic pentameter, in which there is a pattern of five unstressed and stressed syllables. The first line in the passage reads “o FORtune! FORtune!ALL men CALL thee FICKle” (Shakespeare, 3.5.60). Noticeably, there are only nine syllables in this line, five stressed and one unstressed syllable. The…

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    Shakespeare uses dreary diction, the personification of Death, and a break in the meter to present King Richard II’s epiphany about commonness of kings. In the beginning lines of Richard II’s monologue, Shakespeare integrates nouns such as “graves”, “executors”, and “deposed bodies” to create an introspective tone that centers around the concept of death. Shakespeare’s deliberate word choice emphasizes the importance of Richard II’s newfound understanding of death’s universality in his overall…

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    stays to form with the Shakespearean sonnet style. The rhyming structure is ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. The most powerful lines of this style of writing poems are the last two lines. The last two lines bring the whole poem together in one powerful couplet. The reason that the last two lines of a Shakespearean sonnet are so powerful is because they differ from the rest of the poem’s rhyming scheme. “Beneath the touch of Time’s unerring hand, like priceless treasures sinking in the sand.” Once again, this…

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    Poems are all different, but also all the same in their own ways, showing how even through time, people can write about similar themes. For example ”O Captain! My Captain!” and “The Seven Ages of Man” have many similarities. They both talk about a stage that one can go through in life, use iambic pentameter, and are both a big metaphor. They also have differences like the rhyme-scheme, the different stages, and the big metaphor. Both “O Captain! My Captain” and “The Seven Ages of Man” talk about…

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