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Poetic Terms and MacBeth

Poetic Terms To Choose From!

Alliteration is when, during the sentence, the same sound of a consonant
is repeated at the begining of a word.

“If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere
It were done quickly: if thy assassination
Could trammel up the consequence, and catch
With his surcrease success; that but this blow
Might be the be-all and the end-all.” I, vii, 1-5.

In this phrase, MacBeth is unsure if he really wants to go through with the act of killing the king.  With repeating the 'C' sound at the begining of the word, he is stalling time, hoping that those around him, or perhaps even himself will get confused.


"Assume a virtue, if you have it not." W. Shakespeare.

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