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date: 14 November 2019

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The concept of literary style is joined, on the one hand, with grammatical and prosodic constraints and, on the other hand, with the large-scale dramatic construction of character and action: mimesis. The latter, however, depends on the former. Whereas, dramatic mimesis is an ‘imitation’ or modelling from without, literary style radiates from within the mimetic and lets it appear. We may therefore think of a succession of mimetic styles in Shakespeare’s career which are different modes of bringing character and action to appearance: elevated, articulated, reticulated, saturated, and evacuated.

Keywords: style, prose, verse, grammar, prosody, mimesis, appearance, saturation

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