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A Study of Shakespeare's Versification By Matthew Albert Bayfield

A Study of Shakespeare's Versification
by Matthew Albert Bayfield

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Matthew Bayfield (1852-1922), classical scholar and educator, argues passionately against the contractions used in editions of Shakespeare, and contends they are not what the playwright intended. An appendix shows how he would re-edit Antony and Cleopatra with all abbreviations expanded.
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A Study of Shakespeare's Versification: With an Inquiry into the Trustworthiness of the Early Texts an Examination of the 1616 Folio of Ben Jonson's Works and Appendices including a Revised Test of 'Antony and Cleopatra' by Matthew Albert Bayfield

The Reverend Matthew Albert Bayfield (1852-1922) published this study at the end of his life after a long career as classical scholar, editor of Greek tragedies and headmaster of several public schools. He gives an account of the structure and characteristic features of Shakespeare's dramatic verse and argues that it has been fundamentally misunderstood by other scholars. In particular, he analyses the use of contractions or abbreviations found in the Folio and Quartos and continued in the editions of his own time. He weighs up which of the contractions familiar from many editions were actually Shakespeare's, and what that reveals about how Shakespeare might have intended his prose and verse to be spoken. Bayfield's many appendices evaluating the metre of specific lines and his detailed linguistic analysis remain thought-provoking for modern editors and scholars of Shakespeare.

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Table of Contents


Preface; Part I. Shakespeare's Versification: 1. The predominant characteristic of Shakespeare's verse; 2. Metre and rhythm; Part II. The Early Texts: 3. Abolition of resolutions and other abbreviations in the verse; 4. Abbreviations in the verse (continued); 5. Abbreviations in the verse (continued); 6. Elision in the final foot; 7. On certain spellings; 8. Abbreviations in the prose; 9. Conclusions; Appendices; Index.

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A Study of Shakespeare's Versification: With an Inquiry into the Trustworthiness of the Early Texts an Examination of the 1616 Folio of Ben Jonson's Works and Appendices including a Revised Test of 'Antony and Cleopatra' by Matthew Albert Bayfield
Matthew Albert Bayfield
Cambridge Library Collection - Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama
Used - Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2009-07-20
540
1108002536
9781108002530
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