Shakespearian Grammar: An Attempt to Illustrate Some of the Differences Between Elizabethan and Modern English

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The finest and fullest guide to the peculiarities of Elizabethan syntax, grammar, and prosody, this volume addresses every idiomatic usage found in Shakespeare's works (with additional references to the works of Jonson, Bacon, and others). Its informative introduction, which compares Shakespearian and modern usage, is followed by sections on Shakespearian grammar (classified according to parts of speech) and prosody (focusing on pronunciation). The book concludes with an examination of the uses of metaphor and ...
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Overview

The finest and fullest guide to the peculiarities of Elizabethan syntax, grammar, and prosody, this volume addresses every idiomatic usage found in Shakespeare's works (with additional references to the works of Jonson, Bacon, and others). Its informative introduction, which compares Shakespearian and modern usage, is followed by sections on Shakespearian grammar (classified according to parts of speech) and prosody (focusing on pronunciation). The book concludes with an examination of the uses of metaphor and simile and a selection of notes and questions suitable for classroom use. Each of more than 500 classifications is illustrated with quotes from, plays and sonnets. All quotations are fully indexed, and for some plays -- As You Like It, King Lear, Coriolanus, Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Henry V, Richard II and III, The Merchant of Venice. The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night -- there are so many quotes that this book could be used as commentary on the plays. (Twenty-four other plays are covered less fully.) The definitive work on Shakespeare's language for students and teachers, this one-of-a-kind reference will also prove an indispensable guide for actors and directors of Shakespearian plays and all other serious readers of English Renaissance literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781289449858
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 9/11/2013
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to Third Edition xxi
Preface to First Edition 1
Introduction 5
Grammar
Adjectives 1
Adverbs 23
Article 79
Conjunctions 95
Prepositions 138
Pronouns, Personal 205
Pronouns, Relative and Interrogative 244
Relatival Constructions 275
Verbs, Forms
Verbs, Auxiliary 298
Verbs, Inflections
Verbs, Moods
Participles and Verbals
Ellipses 382
Irregularities 406
Compound Words 428
Prefixes 436
Suffixes 443
Prosody
The ordinary verse 452
The "pause-accent" 453
Emphatic accents 453a
The "pause-extra-syllable" 454
Unaccented monosyllables 456
Accented monosyllables 457
Two "pause-extra-syllables" 458
Written Contractions
Contractions in pronunciation not expressed in writing 462
Variable Syllables 474
Lengthening of Words 477
Verses with four accents assigned to witches, fairies, &c. 504
Short lines, why introduced 511
Interjectional lines 512
The amphibious section 513
A verse continued, spite of interruptions 514
Rhyme, when used 515
Prose, when used 515a
Simile and Metaphor 430
Notes and Questions 440
Index to the Quotations 453
Verbal Index 501
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