The Construction and Types of Shakespeare's Verse as Seen in the Othello
by Thomas Randolph Price (9780217327848)

The Construction and Types of Shakespeare's Verse as Seen in the Othello
Thomas Randolph Price
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 28
Category: Shakespeare
ISBN: 9780217327848
ISBN-10: 0217327842

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: varying ratios in all Shakspere's dramatic '.pTems. The study of these variations, so as;'to reach the law of Shakspere's progress in the construction of verse, seems to me the best way now open to the criticism of Shakspere's style. For ease of reference, I have followed the text and the numbering of verses that are given in the Globe edition, by Clark and Wright: London, Macmillan and Co., 1884. Thos. R. Price. Columbia College, New York, 15 Jan., 1888. CONSTRUCTION AND TYPES OF SHAKSPERE'S VERSE AS SEEN IN THE OTHELLO. The famous saying of Mr. Swinburne, that ' the essential qualities of poetry are imagination and harmony, ' is capable of being applied even to the poetry of Shakspere. In speaking of him, we should indeed have to add a few hundred other essential qualities to Mr. Swinburne's two; but after all, even in Shakspere, the qualities that are most permanently visible are precisely his imagination and his harmony. Yet in the modern schools of Shaks- perian criticism these two essential qualities of his art have been studied with strangely unequal attention. The method and the range of his imagination have been treated by the greatest critics of modern times in the deepest and mostfruitful way; but the method and the range of his harmony have been either not treated at all, or else treated in ways that led to scant, or to false results. Students of Shakspere have never, indeed, ceased to feel the charm of that vast and infallible harmony which moves in the movement of his words. Great actors of Skakspere, from his day to ours, have never ceased to bring out for each generation, by the penetrating sympathy of their own genius, the rich and intricate cadences of his verses. But the scientific study of his system of verse- constructi...

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