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Poetic Terms and MacBeth

Poetic Terms To Choose From!

An object that represents something greater.

"One of my fellows has the speed of him,
Who, almost dead for breath, had scarcely more
Than would make up his message.
          Give him tending;
He brings great news. The raven himself is hoarse.
That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan
Under my battlements. Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts!" I, v, 34-40.

Lady MacBeth has just received news from her husband of what the witches fortold.  The raven is a symbol of death, and here Lady MacBeth is probably already subconsciencely plotting the murder of King Duncan.


"Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners." W. Shakespeare.

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