No Shakespearean play contains "Methinks thou dost protect too much," but the misquote from "Hamlet" has passed into common parlance. The line actually reads, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
The line is spoken by Queen Gertrude in Act 3, Scene 2 of the classic play by William Shakespeare. Prince Hamlet and Queen Gertrude view a play themselves when he asks the Queen how she likes the performance. In this reply to her son, she references a character in the play who is also a queen. Queen Gertrude communicates to her son that she feels that the queen in the stage show lacks credibility.Learn More
Not much is known about William Shakespeare's personality, but he is said to have been lively and well liked. Evidence also suggests that he was somewhat generous.Full Answer >
A five-line stanza is called a quintain. Forms that use stanzas of this length include the English quintain and the popular limerick. Most quintain forms are rhymed.Full Answer >
"Octave" is the general term for a poem of eight lines, or an eight-line stanza of a longer poem. Octave can also refer to a more specific form of eight-line stanza following a rhyme scheme of a. a. b. b. c. c. d. d.Full Answer >
While a sonnet has 14 lines, a 12-line poem is identifiable in literature as a variation of the sonnet used by Elizabethan poets. Other than this example, there is no distinct term for a 12-line poem in English literature.Full Answer >