The Artistry of Shakespeare's Prose
Psychology Press, 2005 - English prose literature - 452 pages
First published in 1968. This re-issues the revised edition of 1979.
The Artistry of Shakespeare's Prose is the first detailed study of the use of prose in the plays. It begins by defining the different dramatic and emotional functions which Shakespeare gave to prose and verse, and proceeds to analyse the recurrent stylistic devices used in his prose. The general and particular application of prose is then studied through all the plays, in roughly chronological order.
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Shakespeares Use of Prose I
A Critical Method
From Clown to Character
The World of Falstaff
Two Tragic Heroes
Clowns Villains Madmen
The Return of Comedy ୨
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