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Poetic Terms and MacBeth

Poetic Terms To Choose From!
Dramatic Irony

When the reader is aware of something that the person in the story is not aware of.

"When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lighting, or in rain?
     When the Hurlyburly's done,
     When the battle's lost and won.
There will be ere the set of sun.
     Where the place?
Upon the heath.
     There to meet with MacBeth.
I come, Graymalkin!
     Paddock calls.
     Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
     Hover through the fog and filthy air." I, i, 1-12.

The three witches are talking about where to meet again, and the reader is informed that these women know of MacBeth, and that there will be a confrontation between the characters.


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