poet William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

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  • ''Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile,
    Hath not old custom made this life more sweet
    Than that of painted pomp?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke Senior, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 1, l. 1-3. The banished duke moralizing in the forest of Arden.
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  • ''Watch tonight, pray tomorrow. Gallants, lads, boys, hearts of gold, all the titles of good fellowship come to you!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 277-9. Happy in the prospect of a night's festivity; "watch" means stay awake.
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  • ''There is a river in Macedon, and there is moreover a river in Monmouth. It is called Wye at Monmouth, but it is out of my prains what is the name of the other river; but 'tis all one, 'tis alike as my fingers is to my fingers, and there is salmons in both.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fluellen, in Henry V, act 4, sc. 7, l. 26-31. Fluellen's logic is as quaint as his language as he "proves" that Henry V is as great a soldier as Alexander the Great.
    36 person liked.
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  • ''O, the difference of man and man!
    To thee a woman's services are due.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Goneril, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 2, l. 26-7. Making love to Edmund, so different from her husband, Albany.
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  • ''Blest are those
    Whose blood and judgment are so well commingled
    That they are not a pipe for Fortune's finger
    To sound what stop she please.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 68-71. Referring to Horatio; "blood" means passions; "commingled" means mixed.
    37 person liked.
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  • ''So we grew together
    Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
    But yet an union in partition,
    Two lovely berries moulded on one stem.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helena, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 2, l. 208-11.
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  • ''He's a soldier fit to stand by Caesar
    And give direction.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3, l. 122-3. Commenting on Cassio.
    34 person liked.
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  • ''Then the lover,
    Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
    Made to his mistress' eyebrow.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7, l. 147-9. The third of the "seven ages" (l. 143) of man.
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  • ''Those holy fields,
    Over whose acres walked those blessed feet
    Which fourteen hundred years ago were nailed
    For our advantage on the bitter cross.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 1, sc. 1, l. 24-7.
    37 person liked.
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  • ''God shall be my hope,
    My stay, my guide, and lantern to my feet.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 2, sc. 3, l. 24-5.
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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18)

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or ...

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Sonnet Lxvi

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And guilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,