Could someone explain dramatic verse in "Macbeth"?And could it be in an essay format?

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robertwilliam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, I haven't got space here to write your essay but will provide some starting points - please do post again if you need further help.

"Macbeth" is a play written in verse, that is, in iambic pentameter (i.e. lines that follow the rhythm "de DUM de DUM de DUM de DUM de DUM"). The reason Shakespeare is thought of as a "theatre poet" by some critics (including, Harold Bloom) is because his verse is often packed full of intense poetry.

Take a look, for example, at this extract from Macbeth's soliloquy from Act 1, Scene 7:

... this Duncan
Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been
So clear in his great office, that his virtues
Will plead like angels trumpet-tongued against
The deep damnation of his taking-off,
And pity, like a naked new-born babe,
Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubin horsed
Upon the sightless couriers of the air,
Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,
That tears shall drown the wind. 

All Macbeth is saying is that, because Duncan has been such a good, mild king, murdering him will be an even greater sin.

Yet Macbeth imagines that sin in deeply poetic terms: his virtues become angels with trumpets ("trumpet-tongued"), and then pity (in the form of a naked, new-born baby - or of cherubs) will ride astride the "blast" of that trumpet, to blow the murder into everyone's eyes so hard that "tears shall drown the wind".

It is poetry, but also the thoughts of a character = dramatic verse.

sawsan23 | Student

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