Shakespeare and the Arts of Language / Edition 1

Shakespeare and the Arts of Language / Edition 1

by Russ McDonald
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198711719

ISBN-13: 9780198711711

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"This book starts with the story of how the English language changed throughout the sixteenth century. Subsequent chapters define Shakespeare's main artistic tools and illustrate their poetic and theatrical contributions: Renaissance rhetoric, imagery and metaphor, blank verse, prose speech, and wordplay. The conclusion surveys Shakespeare's multiple and often…  See more details below

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"This book starts with the story of how the English language changed throughout the sixteenth century. Subsequent chapters define Shakespeare's main artistic tools and illustrate their poetic and theatrical contributions: Renaissance rhetoric, imagery and metaphor, blank verse, prose speech, and wordplay. The conclusion surveys Shakespeare's multiple and often conflicting ideas about language, encompassing both his enthusiasm at what words can do for us and his suspicion of what words can do to us."--BOOK JACKET.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198711711
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
Oxford Shakespeare Topics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. The Language Shakespeare Learned
2. Shaping the Language: Words, Patterns, and the Traditions of Rhetoric
3. What is the Figure?
4. A World of Figures
5. Loosening the Line: Shakespeare's Metrical Development
6. Here Follows Prose
7. Double Talk
8. Words Effectual, Speech Unable
Notes
Further Reading
Index

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