Here are some of the key terms that get used when talking about Shakespeare’s language, so you can look out for them in Macbeth.
Shakespeare writes in a combination of prose and verse. Verse is like poetry and it has a set
structure and rhythm. The rhythm Shakespeare uses in his plays is called iambic pentameter, which is like a
heartbeat, with one soft beat and one strong beat repeated
five times. Sometimes it’s also interesting to look at lines that don’t match the rhythm
of iambic pentameter and to think about why. In Macbeth you will find some lines with eight syllables, with four soft beats and four strong beats, called trochaic tetrameter.
In Shakespeare’s plays, you will find examples of antithesis, which is when two
opposites are put together, like hot and cold or light and
dark. Characters also often end speeches with rhyming couplets, which are two lines written in iambic pentameter that end in the same
sound, or a rhyme.
The style of writing you might find in a book.
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Another word for organise or lay out.
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This words comes from the Latin word iam meaning beat.
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The rhythm you feel in your chest, like a pulse.
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The Latin word for this number is ‘pent’.
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Another word for completely different things.
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The total opposite of light.
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Another word for when two lines are coupled together.
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The name for the rhythm Shakespeare writes in.
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Another word for something you hear.
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