Posts Tagged ‘richard II’

Shakespeare QuotesDear earth, I do salute thee with my hand.
Richard II, 3.2.6, Richard

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You want reasons to keep the BBC untouched? Here’s a damn good one. Seriously doubt you’d ever get televised Shakespeare on anything owned by Murdoch…

As part of the Shakespeare Unlocked season exploring how one man captured so much about what it means to be human, the BBC is staging new adaptations of Shakespeare’s History Plays, Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, and Henry V.

And what actors have been assembled…

Shakespeare Quotes The bitter bread of banishment.
Richard II 3.1.21, Bolingbroke to Bushy and Greene

Shakespeare Quotes For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings:
How some have been deposed; some slain in war,
Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed,
Some poisoned by their wives: some sleeping killed;
All murthered – for within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps Death his court, and there the antic sits,
Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp,
Allowing him a breath, a little scene,
To monarchise, be feared and kill with looks;
Infusing him with self and vain conceit,
As if this flesh which walls about our life
Were brass impregnable, and humoured thus,
Comes at the last and with a little pin
Bores through his castle wall, and farewell king!
Richard II 3.2 155-70, Richard to Aumerle and Scroope

Shakespeare QuotesEach substance of a grief hath twenty shadows,
Which shows like grief itself.
Richard II 2.2.14-15, Bushy to Queen Isabel

Shakespeare QuotesThis royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands;
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
Richard II 2.1.40-50, John of Gaunt, on his deathbed, to York