Rhythm and Meaning in Shakespeare: A Guide for Readers and Actors

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Explores the rhythmical organisation of Shakespeare’s verse and how it creates and reinforces meaning both in the theatre and in the mind of the reader. This book is a guide for actors wishing to perform in his plays, as well as a valuable resource for anyone wishing to understand Shakespeare’s verse. Peter Groves from Monash Uni.

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ISBN 9781921867811
Author

Groves, Peter

Publisher

Edition

1st

Binding

Paperback

Weight 0.34 kg
Dimensions 15.3 × 23.4 cm

Description

This book explores the rhythmical organisation of Shakespeare’s verse and how it creates and reinforces meaning both in the theatre and in the mind of the reader. Because metrical form in the pentameter is not passively present in the text but rather something that the performer must co-operatively re-create in speaking it, pentameter is what John Barton calls stage-direction in shorthand, a supple instrument through which Shakespeare communicates valuable cues to performance. This book is thus an essential guide for actors wishing to perform in his plays, as well as a valuable resource for anyone wishing to enhance their understanding of and engagement with Shakespeare’s verse.

About the author
Dr Peter Groves was educated at the universities of Exeter and Cambridge in the United Kingdom and teaches poetry, Shakespeare and Renaissance English literature in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of a series of articles on poets from Chaucer to Philip Larkin and the theoretical monograph Strange Music: The Metre of the English Heroic Line.

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