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Poetic Terms and MacBeth

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Verbal Irony

When a person says something, but means something different.

"The labour we delight in physics pain/ this is the door.

I'll make so bold to call, / For 'tis my limited service.

Goes the king hence today?

He does: he did appount so.

The night has been unruly: where we lay,/ Our chimneys were blown down; and, as they say, / Lamentings heard i' the air; strange screams of death, / and prophesying with accents terrible /  Of dire combustion and confus'd events / New hatch's to the woeful time.  The obscure bird / Calmou'd the livelong night; some say the earth was feverous and did shake." II, iii, 49-62.

MacBeth is saying that the King will be leaving his home soon, when really, MacBeth has plans to murder him.  So, mainly, he lies so we wont get caught.

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