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it means that conciseness forms intelligence, and he is known in the play to give long, rambling speeches, so it comes out as ironic.

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Q: What is the irony of Polonius' statement that brevity is the soul of wit?
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Who says brevity is the soul of wit and why is this ironic?

Polonius says it in Act 2 of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The irony is that Polonius is a windbag to whom brevity is unknown. The person he is speaking to, Gertrude, is the mistress of the terse remark. Her comment: "More matter with less art."


In which play did Shakespeare write brevity is the soul of wit?

"Brevity is the soul of wit" is a line from Hamlet, Act 2. It is said by Polonius, and it is ironic because although Polonius is saying that brevity is a virtue, it appears to be a virtue he does not posess. He is incapable of brevity, which by his maxim means he has very little wit.


What Shakespeare play does 'brevity is the soul of wit' come from?

Hamlet. Polonius says it in Act 2.


In hamlet what character says brevity is the soul of with?

Polonius says it, but he does so in a long-winded way.


Who said this line 'Brevity is the soul of wit'?

The quotation is this:Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,I will be brief.It comes from the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, and is spoken by the character Polonius.


Who said brevity in the soul of wit in hamlet?

Polonius says it. But it is ironic because at the time Polonius is being anything but brief. It is almost as if he cannot help drivelling on and on, even when he is trying to be pithy.


In the play hamlet who speaks this line brevity is the soul of wit?

Polonius, in Act 2. It is ironic because Polonius is a long-winded blowhard, and the speech the quotation comes from is itself unnecessarily long.


What does polonius mean by brevity is the soul of wit?

It is self-explanatory. "Brevity" means terseness, saying things with few words. "Wit" is intelligent and clever use of language, although it can also mean just plain intelligence. Saying that something is the soul of something is the same as saying that it is at the heart of that thing, or that it is the essence of that thing. So, the saying could be rephrased (with a less satisfactory rhythm) as "brevity is at the heart of wit" or "brevity is the essence of wit". Therefore what it means is that if you want to speak intelligently you should use just as many words as you need and no more. Of course it says that much more briefly and therefore more intelligently. The irony is that the guy who says this line, Polonius in Hamlet, is notoriously neither brief nor witty.


What shakespeare play says brevity is the soul of wit?

"Brevity is the soul of wit" comes from William Shakespeare's Hamlet (act II, scene ii).


What does brevity is a source of wit mean?

It means someone misheard the quotation, which is actually "brevity is the soul of wit."


What does the quote by Shakespeare Brevity is the soul of wit?

This is said by Polonius in Hamlet in Act 2 Scene 2. The irony is, of course, that Polonius cannot be brief and is of course witless (but does not have the wit to realize he is saying this about himself.) Here's the context: Polonius is about to tell the king and queen that he thinks Hamlet is crazy from frustrated love for Ophelia, Polonius's daughter. He says this: My liege and madam, to expostulate what majesty should be, what duty is, why day is day, night is night and time is time, were but to waste night, day, and time. Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief. Your noble son is mad. When he says "I will be brief" we are tempted to shout out "Too Late!", but the succinctness of "Your noble son is mad" is promising. Can he keep up this brevity? Alas, no, he cannot help himself and blithers on as follows: Mad call I it for to define true madness, what is't but to be nothing else but mad? Thanks, Captain Obvious. Evidently he realizes that he has failed in his project to be more succinct that has been his usual practise. He says: But let that go. To which Gertrude, who is a true mistress of brevity and pithiness responds: More matter with less art. Indeed.


What is the positive connotation for short?

Brevity is the soul of wit.

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