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The Line

Simon Palfrey

Simon Palfrey is Fellow in English, Braesnose College, Oxford University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Doing Shakespeare

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2011

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...It is well known that the bass-line in Shakespeare’s verse is the iambic pentameter, a line of five feet with the basic pattern of an unstressed followed by a stressed syllable. It is similarly well known, and entirely characteristic...

The Soliloquy

Simon Palfrey

Simon Palfrey is Fellow in English, Braesnose College, Oxford University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Doing Shakespeare

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2011

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...If so much that is vital about characters is mediated through more or less indirect techniques – absences, puns, doubles, metaphors – then what does this imply about supposedly more direct techniques? What about soliloquy, for instance...

Introduction

Simon Palfrey

Simon Palfrey is Fellow in English, Braesnose College, Oxford University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Doing Shakespeare

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2011

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...Shakespeare in company Shakespeare was very popular in his day, and he has remained very popular pretty much ever since. But Shakespeare is not easy. He has probably never been easy. Here we can get some guidance from his very first...

A Character?

Simon Palfrey

Simon Palfrey is Fellow in English, Braesnose College, Oxford University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2011

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...There are no plays without characters. It is the most basic theatrical fact, the very first thing for actor and audience alike. It may also have often been the first thing for the playwright. Shakespeare wrote many of his parts...

Performance Cues

Simon Palfrey

Simon Palfrey is Fellow in English, Braesnose College, Oxford University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Doing Shakespeare

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2011

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... A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Twelfth Night . See Simon Palfrey and Tiffany Stern, Shakespeare in Parts (Oxford University Press, 2007). But tragedy sees the most striking uses of repeated cues:...

Excess

Simon Palfrey

Simon Palfrey is Fellow in English, Braesnose College, Oxford University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2011

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...Repetition For all of Shakespeare’s frequent complexity, some of his most characteristic verbal techniques are extremely simple. A favourite device is to repeat the same word or phrase within a short space of time, a technique...

Elusive Subjects

Simon Palfrey

Simon Palfrey is Fellow in English, Braesnose College, Oxford University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2011

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...Elusive Women It is a common experience to want to know things about characters that the play simply doesn’t tell us. But it is hardly likely that Shakespeare was unaware that such questions would be asked – not least because...

Disguise and Doubles

Simon Palfrey

Simon Palfrey is Fellow in English, Braesnose College, Oxford University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2011

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...Disguise Many of Shakespeare’s plays involve characters in disguise. Usually a disguise is a way for that character to act out otherwise impossible things. The romantic heroines, for example, invariably dress up as young men and do...

Difficulty

Simon Palfrey

Simon Palfrey is Fellow in English, Braesnose College, Oxford University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2011

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...Taking the words literally It is a common complaint that Shakespeare doesn’t say what he means, or that he can never be taken ‘literally’ because he is so inveterately metaphoric. But often the best place to take Shakespeare...

Shakespeare’s Puns

Simon Palfrey

Simon Palfrey is Fellow in English, Braesnose College, Oxford University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2011

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...The pun is a rhetorical device. But it is importantly distinct from most other types of repetition or emphasis because it is usually understood to have little to do with the moving of emotion or persuasion. At times a pun might suggest...