As much as you might think you know Shakespeare, you don't know Shakespeare. Not at least until you have read this book, and experienced for yourself the art of his words, his rhetoric, and language patterns.
Here at last, the invisible bits of his magic become visible, exciting as a new constellation to an astronomer's eye. How the words dance and weave, and seduce and beguile, how sticky they become in our memories, how they inspire us to do better with our own words.
The writer explores, without using technical jargon, 9 categories of patterns, and a dizzying array of sub categories, and distinctions, with tons of counter examples from other writers and famous speeches, and countless examples from Shakespeare's own plays, whether it's repetition, reverberation, reversal, or one of the others.
Here at last, you have the tools to craft your own speeches, letters, and even your conversations, modeling the master word smith.
When you get this book, then Shakespeare's gift, the essence of his magic, his genius, becomes your gift to yourself.
Here is an example of a reverberation:
Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers set forth.
Here are examples of repetition:
Murder. Murder. Murder most foul.
A horse. A horse. My kingdom for a horse.
Romeo. Romeo. Wherefore art thou, Romeo?
That depends on what your definition of the word is is.
Here is an example of reversal:
Fair is foul, and foul is fair.
Here are examples of rhymed pairs:
Willy nilly, pell mell, hurly burly.
And there are many many more.
Since reading this book I notice different wordcraft techniques everywhere that I had never noticed before, and I hear with new ears. I have bought a couple of books on this topic and this is the best of the bunch, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I believe you will enjoy it and I hope this was helpful.