Good greetings, lovely people! How fare you?
Today, I’m doing #ShakespeareSunday. Now, if you’re not aware of the existence of the Shakespeare Sunday hashtag on Twitter here’s how it all began: it was founded in October 2012 by @hollowcrownfans and it is a weekly event they host on Twitter where Shakespeare lovers can share their favourite quotes from across Shakespeare’s work. *And here I am again – compensating my absence from social media by basically doing the exact same thing they do on there but moving it here on WordPress because it’s less mainstream you know…lol.😇*
If you have watched The Lying Detective (episode 2 from series 4 of BBC’s Sherlock) you probably know what my #ShakespeareSunday is going to look like. Long story short: the theatre kid in me completely lost it when Sherlock frantically recited the famous “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more” speech from Henry V.
Henry V is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1599. It tells the story of King Henry V of England, focusing on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years’ War. In the First Quarto text, it was entitled The Cronicle History of Henry the fift,:p.6 which became The Life of Henry the Fifth in the First Folio text.
The play is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, and Henry IV, Part 2. The original audiences would thus have already been familiar with the title character, who was depicted in the Henry IV plays as a wild, undisciplined lad known as “Prince Harry” and by Falstaff as “Hal”. In Henry V, the young prince has become a mature man and embarks on a successful conquest of France.
Lets see what I’m talking about, shall we?
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Alright, so this is *hands down* THE MOST EPIC MOMENT in television history! Am I right or am I right??? *don’t answer me* Lets feast our eyes on the text:
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more”
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
(from Henry V, spoken by King Henry)
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o’erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O’erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill’d with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English.
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought
And sheathed their swords for lack of argument:
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call’d fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’
What did you think about the scene? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? *I might have watched it at least a 100 times so far…😅* And have you watched The Hollow Crown?* (If you haven’t correct your mistake NOW) Also, are you a fan of #ShakespeareSunday (if you’re on Twitter)?
*The Hollow Crown is a mini-series of adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays: Richard II, Henry IV Parts One and Two, and Henry V, starring Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston.
*The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses is series of adaptations of Shakespeare’s first tetralogy: Henry VI, Part I, Henry VI, Part II, Henry VI, Part III and Richard III, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as King Richard III.
Has’t a lovely day, mine dears! I sayeth farewell!
– Snowanna of 221B