Short and Awkward

On a deeper dive into Julius Caesar, I’m finding something unusual:

You’d figure that in a play with fewer prose lines, the rhythm and meter of the verse lines would take on more importance, right? Well, for a play with so few prose lines–I think aside from Titus Andronicus, Caesar has the lowest prose/verse ratio within the tragedies–I’m finding a boatload of short poetic lines with awkward rhythm.

What this signifies, I haven’t a clue at the moment. Just an observation.

On the other hand, maybe my underlying logic is wrong: maybe a play with few prose lines means that the short lines aren’t as important (as they are so few in comparison to the number of full poetic lines).


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