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Your favourite Shakespeare bits?

Post 61

Steve K.

" ... an already paraphrased quote ..."

Ah, that could be it. Or not.

From "Shakespeare in Love":

Philip Henslowe: [Repeated line] I don't know. It's a mystery

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Post 62

~ jwf ~ scribblo ergo sum

Maybe I'm way off base and out of step but the lines in question do not appear to scan as iambic pentameter as I remember it. The lines seem to scan more like a three/four waltz. So it's likely from someone else or worse still, as you suggest, Shakespeare in Love or some other parody (tributesmiley - bigeyes?).

smiley - cheers

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Post 63

LL Waz

With a bit of google memory-aid, I agree they are each short of a foot.

Have you played Midsummer's Mr fulton?

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Post 64

Steve K.

I googled some more - without "Shakespeare" - using various combinations of "Soul", "Demon", etc. All I find is various people quoting it, e.g. as thier favorite quote on a "My Page" type page. Nothing about the source. Beats me.

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Post 65

~ jwf ~ scribblo ergo sum

>> ...you played Midsummer's Mr fulton? <<

Never had the opportunity but I love James Cagney in the 1936 Hollywood version (which also features a juvenile Mickey Rooney as a totally off-the-wall Puck).

My favourite personal memory of 'doing' Shakespeare was as the gravedigger in (a much modified) Hamlet. I was younger (relatively) and insisted on carrying a large jug of port to sip (guzzle). Some nights the jug was half empty before my entrance and it was always emptied by the time I staggered off.


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Post 66


How funny that this should follow the previous post. (Of course you'd expect it to, I suppose smiley - erm)

I came here to say how poignant these words now seem to me:

"Alas poor Yorick. I knew him."

They some up the feeling I get when someone I knew dies. Not anyone very close. Just someone you knew.

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Post 67


All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

(from AS YOU LIKE IT 2/7)

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Post 68


'the Devil can cite Scripture for his purpose'

The Merchant of Venice

smiley - evilgrin

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Post 69

Rudest Elf

Re: Demons Within


Fiction Rated: K - English - Angst - Reviews: 2 - Published: 11-29-02 - Updated: 11-29-02 - id:1094068

"From deep within, Our secret soul, Do demons dwell, And take their toll.

To each his demons, Be what they may, Keep telling yourself, That they'll go away.

They will not depart, Of their own free will, They will continue, To haunt you still.

Some are memories, That haven't yet passed, Some are things, That weren't meant to be.

So when you feel alone, With them at the back of your mind, Hope springs eternal, And yet you strive to find."

smiley - reindeer *Somewhat disappointed*

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Post 70

LL Waz

"A plague a' both your houses! I am sped."

Mercutio, Romeo And Juliet

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Post 71

Still Incognitas, Still Chairthingy, Still lurking, Still invisible, unnoticeable, missable, unseen, just haunting h2g2

The first part of Portia's speech as defence for Antonio In the Merchant of Venice.

The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven,
Upon the place beneath.
It is twice blessed.
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
It is mightiest in the mightiest,
It becomes the throned monarch better than his crown.
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
An attribute to awe and majesty.
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings.
But mercy is above this sceptred sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself.
And earthly power dost the become likest God's,
Where mercy seasons justice.

Stirring stuff and very much apposite in this day and age.

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