Peat and Repeat

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"Repetition becomes a prominent figure in Shakespeare's late style generally, and The Tempest in particular derives much of its poetic power from phonetic, lexical, and syntactical reiteration. (McDonald 101).

It is true that in Shakespearean works repetition is used to get a point across.  Not only understanding what is being said, but remembering the importance of what is being said.  For example, in Othello, the word handkerchief is important throughout the entire story. The first time it is mentioned, it is mentioned three times.  This is a clue to the reader that the handkerchief was going to prove to be something vital, as we all know it was.  

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Bethany Merryman said:

I can imagine that to be true. If you think about it, in a play you may want to repeat certain points so that people will get the reference. Sometimes people can miss an important moment during a show, so by using it multiple times will get the point across to the crowd!

Jodi, I used this quote too. I think the use of repetition works well in plays for the same reason Bethany states in her comment and for the purpose of conveying an important emotional point to the audience or reader.

Michelle Tantlinger said:

I agree with the you as well. Repitition is kind of fun for us to see in works because as English majors we know its an area to pay attention to. It almost makes our job a little easier, and I'll take that any day!

Katie Vann said:

Repetition is important, but I find myself sometimes having a lot of difficulty, especially with poems in trying to determine why the phrase or word that is being repeated is important.

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