Hamlet: An Inspiration

This is my 250th post – wow. And in honor of that, something new. I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to great works of literature. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never read any of Shakespeare’s work all the way through, (something I WILL be remedying). However – one particular piece, from Hamlet, has stuck with me since the first time I heard it, in the film “Withnail & I”, starring Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann. So here, to hold it up as the sort of writing I aspire to and wish I could produce, is the speech from the end of that great film. (If you’ve not seen it, I highly recommend it). I hope you find these words as inspiring as I have for these past years.

“I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth
and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition
that this goodly frame the earth seems to me a sterile promontory;
this most excellent canopy the air, look you,
this mighty o’rehanging firmament,
this majestical roof fretted with golden fire;
why, it appeareth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours.
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason,
how infinite in faculties, how like an angel in apprehension,
how like a God!
The beauty of the world, paragon of animals;
and yet to me, what is this quintessence of dusk.
Man delights not me, no, nor women neither, nor women neither.”

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