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What does Benedick mean when he says he was not born under a rhyming planet? What does...

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kharmen | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 31, 2009 at 10:20 AM via web

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What does Benedick mean when he says he was not born under a rhyming planet? What does he mean when he says he cannot woo in festival terms?

Does this mean he is a bad lover? How do you think he will love Beatrince. Explain.

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sesmith5 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 31, 2009 at 10:44 PM (Answer #1)

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He will be a bad lover only if being a good poet and being prone to extravagant romantic gestures are the required qualities of a good lover.  Benedick tries to write poetry for Beatrice, but it is, frankly, bad poetry.  He has no talent for rhyming.  He is not prone to extravagant displays of affection and extravagant gifts as well.  He feels that he might be a failure at wooing Beatrice if these are quailities she needs in a suitor.

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