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KLIATTAGERANGE: Ages 15 to adult.
Scott Kaiser, head of voice and text at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, offers an exhaustive study of the Bard’s use of literary devices. Nine chapters cover such things as omissions (unfinished thoughts, omitted nouns and verbs, swearing), substitutions (malapropism, nicknames, exaggerations, euphemism), transformations (reverse order, repeated structures), reverberations (divided couplets, repetitions), order (similes, metaphor, personification), words (prefixes, suffixes, compound words), additions (abuse, curses, superfluous words), repetitions (repeated consonants, vowels, syllables), and disorder (paradox, puns, oxymoron). Each language device is illustrated by quotes from the plays and when appropriate by modern explanations. Intended for “a student, a teacher, a director, a coach, a lover of Shakespeare, or a lover of all English literature.” Reviewer: Janet Julian
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)