Quoting Shakespeare

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English 118W Fall 2008 Prof. Hearn Quoting Shakespeare The difficulty with quoting from Shakespeare’s plays is that they combine three genres: poetry, prose, and drama. Therefore, you’ve got to determine whether the lines you’re quoting are prose or poetry and proceed from there. You can tell they’re prose if the lines run all the way to the margin of the page; in other words, they look like a prose paragraph. If the lines stop before the margin of the page, you’re probably dealing with verse; in other words, the lines look like a poem. Once you’ve figured out what you’re looking at, proceed accordingly: Quoting the Verse (Poetry) Speech of One Character: If you want to quote three or fewer lines of verse speech from one character, run the quote into the body of your paragraph, enclose it within quotation marks, and indicate the line breaks with forward slashes, making a space on either side; note that the period follows the parentheses. Claudio bemoans his supposed betrayal: “Friendship is constant in all other things / Save in the office and affairs of love; / Therefore all hearts in love use their own tongues” (2.1.169-171).
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2009 for the course ENGL 118w taught by Professor Tichi during the Spring '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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