Verse and Prose—what’s the difference?

Robin Williams • i Read Shakespeare • International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe

Coming soon: Shakespeare uses blank verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter) and prose (plain ol’ sentences) for very specific purposes. Sometimes it is your job to discover what that purpose is!

Learn to recognize and appreciate the differences between Shakespeare's use of verse and prose and what it tells you about the scene and the character. You may have heard that the upper classes speak verse and the lower classes speak prose, but it's much more complex and fun than that.