To Be, Or Not To Be (Hamlet, Act Iii, Scene I) Poem by William Shakespeare

To Be, Or Not To Be (Hamlet, Act Iii, Scene I)

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To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ‘tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action. —Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d.

Monday, March 29, 2010
Topic(s) of this poem: grief
* Sunprincess * 18 October 2012

Shakespeare if you are still here in another body..then I am sure you have found your way back to poetry..this is the answer to the question- To be, or not to would still be a Poet!

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Terry Craddock 20 November 2015

Yes I agree totally, there can never be, a To write, or not to write, we must write when the Muse does strike most strong, with every fibre of our being, least insomnia plague us nightly, all the days of our lives :)

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Shaun Cronick 28 March 2020

Simply timeless and so superb.Sheer brilliance.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 12 March 2016

To be, or not to be is the greatest dilemma every one has to face some or the other time in life.

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Terry Craddock 21 November 2015

Shakespeare Living Breathing Reincarnated If Shakespeare were Buddhist within another body reincarnated what meaning to the famous lines 'To Be, Or Not To Be' would be defined... Shakespeare living breathing reincarnated reborn within another body animated alive today to poetry would have found his way back like salmon to birth streams... 'To be, or not to be... you would still be a Poet! ' decisive insightful a playwright a master of verse... I agree totally, there can never be, a 'To write, or not to write, we must write! ' when tyrant mind Muse does strike most strong; with every fibre of our being; least insomnia plague us nightly; all the days of our lives... Copyright © Terence George Craddock Inspired by the poem 'To Be, Or Not To Be (Hamlet, Act Iii, Scene I) by William Shakespeare; and the comment by the poet Sunprincess. Dedicated to the poets William Shakespeare and Sunprincess.

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Fantone Mdala 22 May 2019

Intricate use of words and style. Quite inspiring. Thanks for sharing. If possible, check out my poems and give me a review after reading through

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Toni Stallworth 05 February 2013

i am doing a essay on this poem in school this is a great poem

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Ken E Hall 22 January 2013

Every line a page of life we all go through I applaud you in peace

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