Shakespeare’s Language

The Sounds of Shakespeare’s Language


Each of these posts will address some (hopefully useful) aspect of Shakespeare’s language: iambic pentameter (and what it’s for!), caesurae, operative words, and the sound of the language itself.  Enjoy!

Your Friend, Iambic Pentameter!

  • Learn about the rhythm of Shakespeare’s plays and poetry. 

The Operative Word

  • Which words are the most important in a line?  Here’s how to tell.

The Caesura!

  • It’ s as much fun to find as it is to say!


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