Friday, January 27, 2012

From Shakespeare's Coriolanus

[The text is from The site for the movie is I highly recommend the film adaptation directed by Ralph Fiennes. It also has a great cast.
I have not read the full text though. The Shakespeare texts I have read fully are Richard III, Hamlet and As You Like It.  ]

You common cry of curs! whose breath I hate
As reek o' the rotten fens, whose loves I prize
As the dead carcasses of unburied men
That do corrupt my air, I banish you;
And here remain with your uncertainty!
Let every feeble rumour shake your hearts!
Your enemies, with nodding of their plumes,
Fan you into despair! Have the power still
To banish your defenders; till at length
Your ignorance, which finds not till it feels,
Making not reservation of yourselves,
Still your own foes, deliver you as most
Abated captives to some nation
That won you without blows! Despising,
For you, the city, thus I turn my back:
There is a world elsewhere.

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