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Poetic Terms and MacBeth

Poetic Terms To Choose From!

When something is used to represent something else, such as if a person asked if you liked Will Ferrel, and they mean his movies, not him as a person.

"O Banquo! Banquo!
Our royal master's murder'd!
        Woe, alas?
What! In our house?
        Too cruel any where.
Dear Duff, I prithee, contradict thyself,
And say it is not so.
        Had I but died an hour before this chance
I had liv'd a blessed time; for, from this instant,
There's nothing serious in mortality,
All is but toys; reown and grace is dead,
The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees
Is left this vault to brag of.
          What is amiss?
You are, and do not know 't:
The spring, the head, the fountain of your blood
Is stopp'd; the very source of it is stopp'd." II, iii, 90-102.

MacBeth is saying that the "renown and grace is dead", and by this, he means the king.  MacBeth means that the king was a great man, and with him, dies such nobility and grace.  He is using this comparison to help himself sound more sincere when talking, since he was the one who had murdered the king.


"I pray thee cease thy counsel,
Which falls into mine ears as profitless
as water in a sieve." W. Shakespeare.

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