Is Antony and Cleopatra written in verse form or prose?

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Shakespeare wrote Antony and Cleopatra around 1605–1606, and it was first performed in London in 1607. Antony and Cleopatra is written in verse and prose, and the characters of Antony and Cleopatra speak in verse and prose.

Shakespeare wrote four plays that are almost entirely in verse: Richard II, Henry VI, Part One and Part Three, and King John. Only one of Shakespeare's plays, The Merry Wives Of Windsor, is written almost entirely in prose. In Shakespeare's other plays, about one-third of the lines are in prose, and two-thirds are in verse.

Generally speaking, Shakespeare's upper-class characters and royalty speak in verse, and lower-class characters speak in prose. Nevertheless, even though Shakespeare's lower-class characters speak primarily in prose, there are exceptions.

In Henry IV, Part Two, one of the lower-class characters, Pistol, has occasional outbursts of verse.

PISTOL. Sir John, I am thy Pistol and thy friend,
And helter-skelter have I rode to thee,
And tidings do I bring, and lucky...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on February 6, 2020