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ERIC Number: EJ856328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
No Reason without Rhyme: Rhetorical Negotiation in Shakespeare
Smith, Cheryl Hogue
English Journal, v99 n1 p91-98 Sep 2009
In this article, the author shows that Shakespeare exhibits artistic mastery in the way he cleverly interweaves rhyme throughout his plays, effectively manipulating how audiences view the action onstage. She also demonstrates how educators need to help students discover the intricacies of rhyme in the plays to learn to navigate through Shakespeare's difficult texts. Although rhyme undoubtedly occupies a role in most (if not all) of Shakespeare's dramas, the author's discussion in this article is limited to three of his earliest plays: "The Comedy of Errors," "Titus Andronicus," and "Romeo and Juliet." In all three, Shakespeare's use of rhyme affects auditors differently, and if educators can help students see the importance of the rhyme (or lack thereof), they may be able to help them better understand and appreciate Shakespeare's works.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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