Monday, September 26, 2011

Richard II

"As in a theatre the eyes of men,
After a well-graced actor leaves the stage,
Are idly bent on him that enters next,
Thinking his prattle to be tedious,
Even so, or with much more contempt, men's eyes
Did scowl on gentle Richard. No man cried 'God save him!'"

This is a quote from Shakespeare's Richard II: in it York describes the scene in which Richard II (no longer king) is following his successor/usurper Henry IV (Bolingbrook) down city streets. I find this quote beautiful for many reasons: 1- the metaphor is a REALLY good one, 2- its awesomeness is intensified by the fact that this a play so its kind of like an art object using its medium to get its point across, 3- the construction of the passage is flawless (no extra words, no words lacking), but, I guess that should be expected since it's Shakespeare.

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