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And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

The power of Shakespeare's plays is most evident in their richness of language, scope of themes and diversity of characters. While there are many elements worth studying in Shakespeare's works, the following are of particular interest.

  • Figures of Speech
    Wherefore, sweetheart? What’s your metaphor?
  • Themes
    And this weak and idle theme
    No more yielding but a dream
  • Characters
    There is a kind of character in thy life
    That to th’ observer doth thy history
    Fully unfold