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To branch the language gap between Elizabethan English and Victorian English, Edwin A. Abbott penned a list of grammar rule, explaining why Elizabethan, or Shakespearean, writers wrote the way they ... Read full review
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accent adjective adverb antecedent apparent Alexandrines appears Ben Jonson Chaucer clause common Comp Compare compound confusion Coriol Cymb diphthong dissyllable doth duke Early English Elizabethan authors ellipsis emphatic explained expressed F. F. Sh fear Folio foot French frequently gerund give Globe Hamlet hand hast hath hear Hence I.ear idiom implied infinitive inflection inserted instance king Latin Layamon Lear licence lord M.for Macb Macbeth meaning metaphorically modern monosyllable natural night nominative noun object ofSh omission omitted Othello participle passage pause perhaps person phrase plural pray preceded prefix preposition probably pronoun pronounced pronunciation queen redundant regarded relative rhyme Rich scan scansion seems sense sentence Shakespeare Shakespearian Similarly sometimes Sonn speak subjunctive syllable tell Temp Tempest thee thing thou transposition trimeter trochee unaccented unemphatic verb verse VIII vowel Walker Wickliffe word
Page 191 - That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. In me thou see'st the twilight of such day As after sunset fadeth in the west; Which by and by black night doth take away, Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
Page 328 - We both have fed as well, and we can both Endure the winter's cold as well as he...
Page 444 - Nought's had, all's spent, Where our desire is got without content : 'Tis safer to be that which we destroy Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.
Page 152 - There dwelt a Citizen of sober fame, A plain good man, and Balaam was his name ; Religious, punctual, frugal, and so forth; His word would pass for more than he was worth.
Page 438 - Which would be worn now in their newest gloss, Not cast aside so soon. Lady M. Was the hope drunk Wherein you dress'd yourself ? hath it slept since ? And wakes it now, to look so green and pale At what it did so freely ? From this time Such I account thy love. Art thou...
Page 291 - In the corrupted currents of this world Offence's gilded hand may shove by justice, And oft 'tis seen the wicked prize itself Buys out the law: but 'tis not so above; There is no shuffling, there the action lies In his true nature, and we ourselves compell'd Even to the teeth and forehead of our faults To give in evidence.
Page 302 - That frights the maidens of the villagery ; Skim milk, and sometimes labour in the quern. And bootless make the breathless housewife churn; And sometime make the drink to bear no barm : Mislead night-wanderers, laughing at their harm?
Page 221 - That it should come to this! But two months dead - nay, not so much, not two So excellent a king, that was to this Hyperion to a satyr, so loving to my mother That he might not beteem the winds of heaven Visit her face too roughly.
Page xxi - Shakesperian syntax or prosody. For this purpose the whole of Shakespeare has been re-read, and an attempt has been made to include within this Edition the explanation of every idiomatic difficulty (where the text is not confessedly corrupt) that comes within the province of a grammar as distinct from a glossary.