Examination Questions on A Midsummer Night's Dream
Question: What three forms of composition does Shakespeare use in this play?
Answer: Prose, Blank-Verse, Rhyme. Shakespeare expresses impassioned feeling by means of Blank Verse — e.g., I. 1. 156-178.
When he is speaking of the practical affairs of life, in dealing with which there is an absence of intense emotion, he uses Prose — e.g., I. 2 ; IV. 1. 180 to end of the Scene. Here the lovers speak in Verse, the prosaic Bottom in Prose.
He frequently uses Rhyme as a repartee — e.g., I. 1. 180-223. Also, to express a settled determination, a mind made up — e.g., II. 1. 144-145; II. 1. 243, 244 ; IV. 1. 183, 184.
The Fairies speak and sing in a metre of their own.
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