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Saturday 23 April 2016

William Shakespeare

   Today is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. As quotes from his works appear at large throughout ‘the Prisoner,’ from ‘Hamlet;’

 “These foils have all a length.”
 “Ah, my good Lord.”
 “Hamlet, act five.”
 “Scene two.”

And from ‘Macbeth;’


    “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.”

And from ‘As You Like it;’ 

“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then, the whining school-boy with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then, a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then, the justice,
In fair round belly, with a good capon lined,
With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws, and modern instances,
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

    In addition, his image appears in The Village, or rather Portmeirion, on the balcony of Dolphin cottage.”

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