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Poetic Terms and MacBeth

Poetic Terms To Choose From!

A term that almost sounds like a proverb, and offers kind of random advice.

"Wich thou esteem'st the ornament of life,
And live a coward in thine esteems,
Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,'
Like the poor cat i' the adage?
          Prithee, peace
I dare do all that may become a man;
Who dares do more is none.
          What beast was't, then,
That made you break this enterprise to me?
When you durst do it, then you were a man;
And, to be more then what you were, you would
Be so much more the man." I, vii, 42-51.

In this scene, MacBeth and his wife are discussing the future murder of King Duncan.  MacBeth is having second thoughts, and he give advice in this line to maybe persuade her to perhaps change her mind.


"His life was gentle; and the elements
So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up,
And say to all the world, THIS WAS A MAN!" W. Shakespeare.

Cristen Kleindienst, English 11, Block A2, Mr. Brisebois, May 2005.