Can you remember that moment , reading or seeing a Shakespearean work, when something leapt out at you? When you heard the sound of a nail being hit firmly on the head? When you wanted to leap up and shout "He's right! He's right!"
Want to share it?

For me it was about 28 years ago when I was taking "A" level English at evening class, trying to get into university, and we read "Lear".

"Asfiles to wanton boys, are we to th'Gods;
They kill us for their sport."
Act IV scene 1

In my only slightly post-punk nihilism I thought this was an apt description of the human condition.

What's yours, and why?

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Yes, I know. "As flies....." I have been at work all night!
Not entirely related, but my parents had the LP of the musical "Hair". I must have been 5 or 6 at the time and I loved listneing to it.(I had no understanding of the words in songs like "Sodomy")
But I loved the song "What a Piece of Work Is Man" and knew all the words.

Years later, at High School we were studying Hamlet and I was dumfounded to find the song in there. My teacher was dumfounded that I could recite it, even though the lines are in the wrong order in the song.

In the song the lines go:

What a piece of work is man
How noble in reason
How infinite in faculties
In form and moving
How express and admirable
In action how like an angel
In apprehension how like a god
The beauty of the world
The paragon of animals

I have of late
But wherefore I know not
Lost all my mirth
This goodly frame
The earth
Seems to me a sterile promontory
This most excellent canopy
The air-- look you!
This brave o'erhanging firmament
This majestical roof
Fretted with golden fire
Why it appears no other thing to me
Than a foul and pestilent congregation
Of vapors
Alex, I recognize this, but cannot place the play.
This is an interesting discussion, but that was so long ago I can't remember. I read R&J and Hamlet in high school, but I was just a teen, so I don't recall if anything jumped out at me.

Now that I am older, a lot of things make an impression on me, especially in Hamlet and Macbeth, when they contemplate their own mortality.




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