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23 October 2013 @ 02:13 pm
*random Hamlet feelings*  
This has nothing to do with anything except that I just got an email in my inbox about the "Bad Quarto" version of Hamlet, but. A few weeks ago I was trying to describe feminine endings to my students, and the only other line I could come up with on the spot (besides the line in the actual poem, whatever that was) was "To be or not to be, that is the question": it's iambic pentameter, but then it has an extra unstressed syllable at the end. So then, not too long after that, I was thinking about this line, and the Q1 version - "To be or not to be, ay, there's the point" - and how "point" and "question" are such different words, such different ideas...and then I realized: with "point," that extra, uncertain syllable on the end of the line is gone as well. Sound echoing sense: I love it.
negothicknegothick on October 23rd, 2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
Did you hear about the Shakespeare-literate Royal Marines, now at court-martial for killing a Taliban prisoner. They left their helmet cameras on, and "He then taunted the dying man to 'shuffle off this mortal coil'"
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on October 25th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
No, I hadn't - that's terrible.