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How do I distinguish between verse and prose in the plays of William Shakespeare?

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The first answer gives you excellent tips (especially about why specific characters rely on verse while others use prose). Here's an easy way to determine if someone is speaking in verse versus prose. If you are reading a Shakespearean play that uses most of his original language (not a No Fear Shakespeare or abridged version), simply look at the lines.  If a character's lines are uneven, with some being much longer than others, the lines are in verse. When the character's lines look like a standard paragraph with words going from margin to margin, they are in prose.

Similarly, if you read lines written in verse out loud, you should hear a distinct...

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