ENG220H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Hermia, Blank Verse, Tetrameter

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The problem is love, they want to be together, they can"t because of the state. The father"s authority is backed up by the duke. Two women and two men, but they won"t be sorted into couples. Act 1 scene two- named in terms of their occupation. This play is really interested in seeing, it"s asking us to think about the fiction of love at first sight, sight is the issue in this play. A set of parallels and relationships, little communities within the play. The world of athens, the world of the wood, the world of nature and desire that gets expressed. They have distinct social strata, and their own sense of speech. Puck speaks in iambic pentameter, but not blank verse, even within the verse speaking he is rhyming. Puck will also go into tetrameter, a four beat line that is associated with magic.

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