Hamlet! and literary devices

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I need help explicating the first soliloquy in Hamlet.  I need the literary devices depicted throughout line (129-159) THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

Apr 28th, 2015

Poetic Devices

  1. couplet (Hamlet explains to his mother that his behavior is not an act, scene 2)
  2. elision (Bernardo describes the movement of the stars, scene 1)
  3. syncope (Horatio describes the sunrise, scene 1)
  4. masculine rhyme / ending (The last two lines of Hamlet’s response to his mother’s concerns about his behavior, scene 2)
  5. feminine rhyme / ending (Claudius presents the court with his appraisal of Fortinbras’ advance, scene 2)
  6. diacritical accent (all over the place)

Language / Rhetorical Devices

  1. allusion (Hamlet contrasts himself with Hercules, scene 2)
  2. antithesis (Claudius explains the death of his brother and his marriage to the widow, scene 2)
  3. oxymoron (Claudius explains the death of his brother and his marriage to the widow, scene 2)
  4. polysyndeton (Hamlet responds to his mother’s question regarding his grief, scene 2)



“But look, the morn in russet mantle clad / Walks o’er the dew of yon high eastward hill.” (I, 1, 166-167)

Horatio’s use of personification in these lines creates a vision of the slow progression of the rust-colored sun over the horizon, like a man (“clad” and “walks”) would gradually come into view as he walks over a hill.

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