This is from Act 5 Scene 3 of King Lear:

A plague upon you, murderers, traitors all!
I might have saved her. Now she’s gone for ever.—
Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha?
What is ’t thou say’st?—Her voice was ever soft,
Gentle and low, an excellent thing in woman.—
I killed the slave that was a-hanging thee.

Do you think this would develop the theme of compassion or truth? Also is the structure prose, blank verse, or rhyming iambic pentameter I have trouble identifying these.

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    Welcome to Literature Stack Exchange. This looks like two questions in one (1: theme; 2: prosody), unless you can explain why you think these two questions are related. If they are two unrelated questions about the same passage, please post the second question as a separate topic. – Christophe Strobbe Jan 4 at 17:36

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