Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hamlet Act I scene II lines 129-159

"O that this too too sullied flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew,
Or that the Everlasting had not fixed
His canon 'gaints self-slaughter, O God, God,
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all uses of this world!
Fie on't fie, 'tis an unweeded garden
That grows to seed. Things rand and gross in nature
Posses it merely. That it should come to this:
But two months dead, nay, not so much, not two,
So excellent a king, taht was to this
Hyperion to a satyr, so loving to my mother
That he might not beteem the winds of heaven
Visit her face to roughly, Heaven and earth,
Must I remember? Why, she would hand on him
As if increase of appetie had grown
By what it fed on; and yet within a month-
Let me not think on't; frailty, thy name is women-
A little month, or ere those shoes were old
With wich she followed my poor father's body
Like Niobe, all tears, why she even she-
O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason
Would have mourned longer-
Married with my uncle,
My father's brother, but no more like my father
Than I Hercules. Within a month,
Ere yet that salt of most unrightous tears
Had left the flushing in her galled eyes
She married. O most wicked speed to post
With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!
It is no, nor it cannot come to good.
But break my heart, for I must hold my tongue."

This is Hamlet's first speech alone. It is my favorite speech so far! I think I like ti because it is how we are first introduced to Hamlet's character, and the depression he feels, his sorrow, and anguish.

Yes I am finally watching Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet!! I am so happy! I am half way through and I love it!!



  1. You should see David Tennant's Hamlet! I really liked Kenneth Branagh, but I think Tennant is better. He says the lines in a way that makes them clear and really shows his feelings.

    Of course, it's not the full text, like Branagh's.