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A Fragment of Style
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0604  Thursday, 16 October 2008

From:       Conrad Bishop <
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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.

-Conrad B.

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