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Shakespeare's Wordcraft

Shakespeare's Wordcraft

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by Scott Kaiser
     
 
(Limelight). Written for readers who have a passion for Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Wordcraft takes a comprehensive look at Shakespeare's stellar use of language devices throughout his plays, devices he used to ink memorable lines like these:
• I must be cruel only to be kind
• Fair is foul, and foul is fair
• Once more unto the breach,

Overview

(Limelight). Written for readers who have a passion for Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Wordcraft takes a comprehensive look at Shakespeare's stellar use of language devices throughout his plays, devices he used to ink memorable lines like these:
• I must be cruel only to be kind
• Fair is foul, and foul is fair
• Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!
• Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! In a clear, accessible, non-academic style using plain terms, modern quotes, and several thousand examples Shakespeare's Wordcraft deftly reveals how these lasting lines were not accidental or coincidental, but designed and crafted by a master of the word.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
AGERANGE: 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879103453
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
04/30/2007
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,163,071
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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