Is Shakespeare Poetry?

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Post by Mer_Blackwood » 28 May 2009, 16:31

Most of Shakespeare's work is poetry. The plays are mostly in blank pentameter. He has a tendency to drop into prose when he's writing lower class characters, or high class characters slumming.

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Post by rumorgirl101 » 29 May 2009, 15:40

OMG im doing shakespeare in my ela class. we are reading romeo and juliet. and yes, shakespeare writes poems. :DD

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Post by ebookman568 » 04 Jun 2009, 21:49

of course it is!

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Post by lietoanangel » 12 Jul 2009, 14:36

I believe everything he writes is pure poetry. How can it not be?

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Post by prettyvicky » 13 Jul 2009, 09:18

as far as i know, yes 8)

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Post by Loops » 20 Jul 2009, 20:53

Mr Note wrote:Just because it's in verse, doesn't mean it's poetry. And vice versa.

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Post by N » 19 Aug 2009, 23:53

SoggyPeanutPatrol wrote:
knightss wrote:He maintains iambic pentameter throughout his plays, save the long speeches that are written in prose style.

Sort of. Shakespeare often uses verse and prose to distinguish between classes. Royalty and noblemen, for example, will usually speak in "blank verse"-- unrhymed iambic pentameter, while lower class characters will speak in prose. (The exceptions to this rule are really fun to discuss). So actually, many of the long speeches are written in verse.

As an answer to the original question: Shakespeare's plays are not poems, but they are poetry.

agreed ^

I would definitely say Shakespeare is poetry. Anything that has to do with words in a rthym is poetry.
for example my most recent poem Breathe:

I breathe in and
Smell raspberries from the corner table.
I hear the hum of the computer and
the talk of television people in
the other room.
I exhale.
The carpet against my fragile cheek stings but
I do nothing to take away the pain I only
Breathe in and
Feel warm blood rush through me and hear
Classical music coming from somewhere above me.
I release.
A spot between my shoulder blades itches and
causes me distress but
I, at this moment, am too lethargic to twist
My arm around at that inhuman angle and
I inhale and
the carpet continues to sting my cheek.
A strand of hair falls into my view;
I slowly and carefully push it back into its rightful place and
Breathe out.
I turn my head so that my other cheek is against the carpet and
Close my eyes and
Take a few deep breaths before
Opening my eyes again. I
Breathe in.
It is a thousand years before I breathe out again and
Still I am never satisfied.

there's no rhyme in that poem at all. but it has a flow and a rhythym, anyone can clearly see. so does Shakespeare. That's his poetry.

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Post by ebethina » 12 Nov 2017, 11:04

I guess that is a tough one for me to answer because to me poetry is rhyming which I know is not all the time. In some sense I don't really see poetry in Shakespeare. Now I guess Romeo and Julie's romance can be considered poetry in a sense.

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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 28 Nov 2017, 19:50

If Shakespeare is not Poetry, I could not imagine any other.

Shakespeare, of course, wrote many plays and other prose.
I think, what is really asked here is: Are compositions without rhyme and meter poems?
"In the beginning was the word.........John 1:1"

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Post by Barbiedole » 28 Nov 2017, 19:59

He wrote a couple of sonnets, which is considered poetry. But for other works of art, nah.

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