What are some examples of polysemy in Shakespeare's writings, and how is polysemy used?

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Shakespeare's plays are famous for their uses of puns and polysemy, playing on words and phrases that have multiple meanings. Sometimes these are used for comedic effect. For example, at the beginning of Romeo and Juliet, Sampson and Gregorio are joking about "maidenheads," which can mean literally the head of a maid or a young woman's virginity. They also play with the meanings of different homophones (which aren't exactly examples of polysemy, but are in the same vein) including "collier," "collar," and "choler." Also in Romeo and Juliet , Mercutio is a master of multiple...

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