William Shakespeare "the poet" is usually represented in book form by the Sonnets, together with perhaps a few songs from the plays. And yet few would deny that they plays are essentially "poetic". How often have we search the Complete Works for well-known yet half-remembered lines, or quoted speeches as if they wee individual poems, not quite recalling which play they are from or who spoke them in what situation? This selection offers several of the classic speeches. It also includes a selection from the Sonnets. Where a play excerpt has been used, the context is indicated.
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From Antony and Cleopatra
Act 3 Sc 1 To be or not to be
Act 4 Sc 1 Upon the king
Antony art thou bear beauty beauty's behold blessing blood blow breath bright Caesar ceremony cheeks Cordelia Crispian crown dear death deeds died hereafter Dost thou doth earth envious eyes fair farewell father fear flowers food of love fool friends gentle GENTLEMEN OF VERONA give GLOUCESTER gout grief hand hath heart heaven Hecuba hell honor is't JESSICA kill king LEAR live Look lord LORENZO lover Macbeth madness man's MERCHANT OF VENICE methinks MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM mortal nature nature's ne'er never night NIGHT'S DREAM Act Nymph o'er oxlips plucked poor rich Romeo sceptre Selected Poetry shame Silvia sing sleep smell soft soul speak summer sweet tears thee There's thine things thou art thou hast thou wilt thy name thyself Time's to't unto virtue voice weep What's WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE wind winter wretch yond