Monday, September 7, 2015

Shakespeare's literary devices #5: ANTITHESIS

Antithesis means putting two words or phrases of opposite meaning near one another. Shakespeare uses this device quite a lot, often to convey complexity and interconnectedness in extremes of experience and emotion. Closely related to antithesis is binary opposition, which means defining or emphasizing an idea by mentioning its opposite.

One famous example of antithesis comes from ROMEO AND JULIET:

"My only love, sprung from my only hate!" (I, v)

Below, what looks like an authoritative list of such pairings in ROMEO AND JULIET, compiled by the Actors' Shakespeare Project.