Rhythm and Meaning in Shakespeare

Rhythm and Meaning in Shakespeare

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How did Shakespere intend that his plays be read? Rhythm and Meaning in Shakespeare explores the rhythmical organisation of Shakespeare’s verse and how it creates and reinforces meaning both in the theatre and in the mind of the reader. Because metrical form in the pentameter is not passively present in the text but rather something that the performer must co-operatively re-create in speaking it, pentameter is what John Barton calls “stage-direction in shorthand”, a supple instrument through which Shakespeare communicates valuable cues for performance. This book is thus an essential guide for actors wishing to perform in his plays, as well as a valuable resource for anyone wishing to enhance their understanding of and engagement with Shakespeare’s verse. Has supplementary audio files.

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  • Literature
  • Performance studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts / Acting & Auditioning
  • performing shakespeare
  • rhythm in poetry
  • Shakespeare
  • shakespearean verse
  • Theater
  • Théâtre


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