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Blank verse and rhyme, dramatic irony and imagery

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Blank verse and rhyme

Macbeth is written mostly in blank verse. It is poetry which doesn't rhyme. Each line usually has ten syllables with five stresses. e.g. "Stay you imperfect speakers tell me more." (Act 1, scene 3, line 70)

Sometimes Shakespeare uses rhyme for important reasons e.g.

  • to make some important lines stand out
  • at the end of a scene
  • to relieve tension
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