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Rhyming Couplets in "All's Well"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2333  Thursday, 11 December 2003

From:           Lauryn Ethne Sasso <
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Date:           Wednesday, 10 Dec 2003 11:01:02 -0500
Subject:        Rhyming Couplets in "All's Well"

Hello-

I am currently dramaturging a production of "All's Well" at the
University of Massachusetts, and in my research came across a footnote
in the New Cambridge version of the play text regarding Act 2.1.126-206
(the scene where Helena is petitioning the King to be allowed to cure
him) which quite puzzled me.  The footnote asserted that those 80 lines
shift to rhyming couplets to "suggest the intervention of divine
power."  I have never seen this given as the effect of rhyming couplets
before and wondered if anyone knew anything that could back up this
footnote's claim.

Any and all help appreciated.

-Laury

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