Verse & Prose


Hi! Welcome to the ShakespeareCoach YouTube Channel. If you haven’t already, make sure you hit
“SUBSCRIBE” so you never miss a video. Today, we’re going to talk about the difference
between verse and prose. It’s something that’s pretty simple, but it
trips a lot of people up, especially when they’re new to Shakespeare. So I’m going to show you a quick way that
you can easily tell the difference between verse and prose so you’ll never be confused
again. Let’s start with verse. Simply put, verse is poetry. It can be any kind of poetry. It doesn’t have to be iambic pentameter, although
iambic pentameter is one type of verse, and it doesn’t necessarily have to rhyme, although
sometimes it does. When you see verse in Shakespeare’s text,
you’ll notice that the line beginnings are always capitalized. So it will look like this. See how the first letter of every line is
capitalized? That’s a quick way you can look at a glance
and see that it’s verse. Prose, on the other hand, is normal, everyday
speech. What I’m doing right now – this is prose. You’ll see prose written out more like a paragraph,
like this: So remember, verse is poetry, but prose is not. If you enjoyed this video, give it a like
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