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Writing Style The English language as we know it in the modern world has changed dramatically since the dawn of the Elizabethan era Shakespeare and many other writers of his time looked towards the English language as alive and changing They did not consider it fixed for all time in a set of correct and unbreakable rules Thus he experimented freely with sentence structure and vocabulary to create special effects He also used various literary devices to present information and ideas in a dramatic and appealing way His style had helped shape the language of all English-speaking countries Vocabulary Shakespeare changed invented and borrowed words from other languages to create his style He even used nouns as verbs for dramatic effect Most people of todays society would hardly understand a word let alone a sentence Shakespeare also used verbs in both their modern form For example hath is the older form of has He also used both modern pronounssuch as you and older pronouns such as thee or thou His vocabulary basically resembles modern English but he used many words that are no longer used That is why in most adaptions of his plays you have notes which define complicated words Special Literary Devices Shakespeare and other Elizabethan writers enjoyed using rhetoric also known as literary devices that present a fact or idea in an interesting way One familiar kind is alliteration where the same sound is repeated in a line or group of lines of verse He also used the device of repetition where words are repeated in a verse Another device used was called antanaclasis which means the repetition of a certain word or phrase but witch a deliberate shift in its meaning Shakespeare enjoyed using metaphor and puns to express his views in different perspectives Imagery The precision of Shakespeares imagery gives his writing its unique style For examplein Macbeth horrified by his murder of King Duncan Macbeth
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