Scansion – Scanning the Verse

Pronouncing Shakespeare

Scanning the verse or Scansion is an analysis of the metrical patterns of a poem by organizing its lines into feet of stressed and unstressed syllables and showing the major pauses, if any. Scansion also involves the classification of a poem’s stanza, structure, and rhyme scheme. How does the Shakespeare App help with Scansion Many of the suggested pronunciations in … Read More

Words To Watch Out For

Audio Shakespeare pronunciation dictionary

Audio Shakespeare Pronunciation Dictionary This article offers brief observations on the poetic diction of each play. Each entry notes the percentage of prose and/or verse in a given play, as well as the amount of rhyming verse, if significant. It also includes a sampling of contractions and of words that expand to fulfill the demands of the meter. Examples of … Read More

Hendiadys in Shakespeare

Hamlet in O.P. Hendiadys

Hendiadys is a figure of speech in which two words connected by a conjunction (usually ‘and’) are used to express a single notion that would normally be expressed by an adjective and a substantive, such as “gracious favor” in place of “grace and favor.” It stems from the Latin phrase “one thing by means of two” or “one through two.” … Read More