The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0604 Thursday, 16 October 2008
Date: Wednesday, 15 Oct 2008 11:47:42 -0700
Subject: 19.0579 A Fragment of Style
Comment: Re: SHK 19.0579 A Fragment of Style
As a performer, it seems obvious to me that the strongest function of regular
meter in verse drama is to underline key moments by variation. Regularity
produces a kind of "elevation" that allows fuller, more extravagant poetic
metaphor, but I doubt that anyone at the Globe was beating time to enforce it. A
variant foot actually reinforces our sense of the meter the moment we return to
it, the exception that "proves" the rule.
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