Meter in Much Ado About Nothing

Meter Examples in Much Ado About Nothing:

Act III - Scene I 1

"Therefore let Benedick, like covered fire, Consume away in sighs, waste inwardly...."   (Act III - Scene I)

In an ironic gesture, Hero claims that she will not tell Beatrice of Benedick’s passion for her. She knows, however, that Beatrice can hear her every word. Hero suggests that Benedick should suppress his passion “like covered fire,/Consume away in sighs.” The lines evoke the image of a candle being snuffed out, the resulting smoke of which is alluded to in the ethereal reference to “sighs.”