No rhythm in Shakespeare?!! Surely you jest!!
This is just a quick link, but there are probably millions upon millions of articles, erudite (and written for the popular taste) on the subject of rhythm in Shakespeare:
With regards to the concept of reverence, that does not describe my feeling at all. Rather it is a matter of respect for and understanding of the greatness of Shakespeare.
Here is a quote from Wikipedia, again chosen because of its ready accessibility. If I did want to put "too much effort into it" I would compile a list of the great literary personalities in world history who acknowledge Shakespeare's greatness:
"Shakespeare's influence extends from theatre and literature to present-day movies and the English language itself. Widely regarded as the greatest writer of the English language, and the world's pre-eminent dramatist, Shakespeare transformed European theatre by expanding expectations about what could be accomplished through characterization, plot, language and genre. Shakespeare's writings have also influenced a large number of notable novelists and poets over the years, including Herman Melville and Charles Dickens. Shakespeare is the most quoted writer in the history of the English-speaking world after the various writers of the Bible, and many of his quotations and neologisms have passed into everyday usage in English and other languages."
Your argument is not with me, Jim, but with the facts (e.g. rhythm in Shakespeare) and the opinions of countless people whose lives are all about language and literature.
PeaceEdited by taichi4 - 6/9/12 at 12:09pm