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Written in a lucid, non-technical style, this book starts with the story of how the English language changed throughout the sixteenth century. Subsequent chapters define Shakespeare's main artistic tools and illustrate their poetic and theatrical contributions: Renaissance rhetoric, imagery and metaphor, blank verse, prose speech, and wordplay. The conclusion surveys Shakespeare's multiple and often conflicting ideas about language, encompassing both his enthusiasm at what words can do for us and his suspicion of what words can do to us.
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Russ McDonald is at University of North Carolina at Greensboro.Review:
`the book is a historically careful and analytically imaginative picture of Shakespeare's attitude to and use of the rhetorical tools at his disposal. The arugument is especially interesting and helpful as it follows what McDonald judges to be a kind of rhetorical progress.' Claire Preston, Times Higher Education Supplement, 1 June 2001
`Helped by judiciously chosen examples from Shakespeare's works and elsewhere, which he glosses sensibly and expertly (and with just enough context to comfort non-experts), McDonald has managed to produce a work that is clear to follow and yet rarely over-simplified ... for the unfamiliar or nervous the clear-sighted McDonald is an excellent and reassuring guide.' Daniel Hahn, Around the Globe, April 2001
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Book Description OUP Oxford, 2001. Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in good condition. Seller Inventory # 6727140
Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0198711700