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Poetic Terms and MacBeth

Poetic Terms To Choose From!

Two things are compared without using "like" or "as".

"Unfix his earth-bound root?  Sweet bodements!
Rebellion's head, rise never till the wood
Of Birnam rise, and our high-plac'd MacBeth
Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath
To time and mortal custom.  Yet my heart
Throbs to know one thing: tell me-if your art
Can tell so muich,- shall Banquo's issue ever
Reign in this kingdom?" IV, i, 95-103.

MacBeth is saying that he is a king, and all shall fear him after he confronts the witches, and different apparitions who fortell his dead.  He uses this metaphor to symbolize that he is higher than everyone else, and that he beleives that he will die when he is meant to die, and will not be murdered.  Also, perhaps by using this comparison, he will be reasuring himself that no one wants to kill him.


"I must be cruel only to be kind;
Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind." W. Shakespeare.

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