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terms of address

  • "the empress' sons" - formality
  • "inhuman traitors" titus forgets all his fomality and insults Chiron and Demetrius by calling them this instead of addressing them politely. this is also ironic as Titus can be seen as a traitor too as he is feeding Tamora her own sons
  • "welcome my lord; welcome dread queen" Titus sounds polite and calm dispite what he is about to do.
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metaphors- figurative language

  • "spring whom you have stained with mud" by ****** Titus' daughter Lavinia, they have ruined something that was once so pure forever
  • "coffin" a word for a pastry crust, but used here as a metaphor for death, the pie will be there coffin
  • "hateful liquor" Titus made a drink out blood of his revenge
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  • "villans for shame you could not beg for grace" short sentences mixed with complex sentences for effect and helps reader to feel the pace as the speaker slows to catch his breath
  • lines 36-42 lots of long sentences which allow reader to get a feeling of anger and to see this build up in the speaker as the pace is faster in these longer sentences
  • "deed" "bleed" last few lines rhyme to round off the play and to show the play has reached its climax. last 2 lines rhyme like a rhyming cuplet in a sonnet
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Imperative verbs- lexis

  • "come" Titus has a authoritive tone, likes to be in charge
  • "Die die Lavinia" command that sounds angry and loud emphasised by repetition
  • "go fetch them"
  • most imperative verbs are spoken by Titus to show how much power he has and how he likes to be in control
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