- Created by: GreenGooSnake
- Created on: 23-07-19 01:29
You'd have to be as nutty as a fruitcake to walk around speaking in poetry. I don't do it (much). It'll help if you know why Shakespeare wrote like that.
Only the Posh characters talk in Poetry.
In Shakespere's day, writers always made their posh characters talk in verse - while their more common characters talked in normal, everyday prose (like, not poetry).
NURSE: I will tell her, sir, that you do protest - which, as I
take it, is a gentlemanlike offer.
ROMEO: Bid her devise
Some means to come to shrift this afternoon;
And there she shall at Friar Lawrence' cell
Be shrived and married. Here is for thy pains.
- In this scene from Romeo and Juliet, Nurse (an ordinary woman) talks in prose, but Romeo talks in verse.
- If Romeo talked in prose, it would have sounded daft to audiences at the time - like a newsreader talking in cockney slang.
Posh characters talk…