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Shakespeare and the Arts of Language (Oxford Shakespeare Topics)

ISBN13: 9780198711704
ISBN: 0198711700
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $91.5
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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Pages: 224
Average Goodreads rating: 4.27/5 (19 ratings)

Written in a lucid, non-technical style, this book starts with the story of how the English language changed throughout the sixteenth century. Subsequent chapters define Shakespeare's main artistic tools and illustrate their poetic and theatrical contributions: Renaissance rhetoric, imagery and metaphor, blank verse, prose speech, and wordplay. The conclusion surveys Shakespeare's multiple and often conflicting ideas about language, encompassing both his enthusiasm at what words can do for us and his suspicion of what words can do to us.