Random #74

‘… I have of late—but wherefore I know not—lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises, and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air—look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire—why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors. What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals. And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me. No, nor woman neither…’

Hamlet: Act II, Scene II
(or Withnail – your choice)

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    1. Not at all my friend – Shakespeare is (well, at least it should be) for everyone. It has always irked me how acedemia portrays it as ‘highbrow’ puts so many people off reading /watching Shakespeare’s plays.

      Once you get your head around the language (for which there are modern translations to help) you find stories for the ages – apart from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ that is. That really was a poor effort on Bill’s part 😂

      Hamlet, however, is possibly the best thing ever to be written in the English language. Shakespeare’s depection of one mans decent into madness is incredible. Well, in my humble opinion it is anyway! 😁🖤


  1. Translation attempt line 1 quoth me:

    It seems I’ve lost my merff yep
    My merff , some time ago
    How long ago precisely
    Precisely I dunno?

    Howm’y doing?…..

    Still working on translations Lines 2 on……

    Reckon there’s a job for me here?….

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