Language in King Lear

King Lear is written in Blank Verse and Prose
Blank Verse has unrhymed iambic pentameters
Shakespeare doesn’t stick to Blank Verse rigidly as he uses shorter lines for emphasis
Shakespeare uses short lines in scenes of chaos
Longer lines are used to avoid the comic sing song or monotonous effects of repeated iambic pentameter
Rhyming couplets provide a sense of closure
Rhyme is used to draw attention to thoughts or ideas (fools song)
Comic characters usually speak in prose in Elizabethan and Jacobean dramas
Scenes of madness are written in prose
Lear shifts from blank verse to prose which highlights disruption in his mind
Lear refers to himself at the beginning in the 3rd person and 1st person as the play progresses and he loses his power
Language is direct and simple which reinforces the dramatic power of king lear
Characters use asides and soliloquies to inform audience about feelings and intentions
Goneril and Regan use clipped commands which highlight their crave for power
Imagery and metaphors highlights understanding