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The poetic rhetoric of this scene also set the stage for the remainder of the play. Richard II is noted for its lyricism, its richness of metaphor and symbolism, and the "formality"--or carefully structured rhymes and parallel constructions--found in its language. There is hardly any prose in the play, and characters often begin to speak in rhymed couplets for no apparent reason; the dramatic purpose is usually to mark a moment of great importance or emotional intensity. This occurs often in Act I, scene i. For instance, when Richard tries to reconcile the quarrelers near the end of the scene, nearly everyone begins to speak in rhyme. Mowbray says, for instance: "Mine honour is my life, both grown in one, / Take honour from me, and my life is done. / Then, dear my liege, mine honour let me try; / In that I live, and for that will I die" (181-185).
I've recently read Richard II for my University course, here are my thoughts!
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I just finished King Richard II as part of goal to read all of Shakespeare by his 450th birthday.
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I've recently seen an RSC production of Richard II and noticed that instead of being killed by Lord Exton Richard was instead killed by Rutland. Can anyone think of explanation for this? I was thinking that the actor playing Exton may have been incapable of playing the part on that night so the actor playing Rutland took over, but there was a clear recognition between the two after the murder so surely another actor would have played the part if this was the case?
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