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This personal anthology is my choice of speeches from Shakespeare that I enjoy reading (that I would like to have had by heart years ago!) and that seem to me to illustrate his unsurpassed use of language. He was a man who seemed to know everything about human nature and as Orson Welles said ‘he speaks to everyone and we all claim him’. I know that it has been said that ‘it is impossible to be a great Shakespearian actor without an idiosyncratic and extraordinary voice’ and this may be so, but that does not preclude ordinary mortals from reading, hearing and enjoying Shakespeare.

A Personal Anthology of Shakespeare, compiled by Martin Clifton by William Shakespeare Loyal Books

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This personal anthology is my choice of speeches from Shakespeare that I enjoy reading (that I would like to have had by heart years ago!) and that seem to me to illustrate his unsurpassed use of language. He was a man who seemed to know everything about human nature and as Orson Welles said ‘he speaks to everyone and we all claim him’. I know that it has been said that ‘it is impossible to be a great Shakespearian actor without an idiosyncratic and extraordinary voice’ and this may be so, but that does not preclude ordinary mortals from reading, hearing and enjoying Shakespeare.

    As You Like It (Act 2, Scene 7) : All the World’s a Stage

    As You Like It (Act 2, Scene 7) : All the World’s a Stage

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    Hamlet (Act 1, Scene 3) : To Thine Own Self Be True

    Hamlet (Act 1, Scene 3) : To Thine Own Self Be True

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    Hamlet (Act 2, Scene 2) : What a Piece of Work Is Man

    Hamlet (Act 2, Scene 2) : What a Piece of Work Is Man

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    Hamlet (Act 3, Scene 1) : To Be or Not To Be

    Hamlet (Act 3, Scene 1) : To Be or Not To Be

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    Hamlet (Act 3, Scene 2) : Speak the Speech

    Hamlet (Act 3, Scene 2) : Speak the Speech

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    Julius Caesar (Act 1, Scene 2) : Bestrides the Narrow World

    Julius Caesar (Act 1, Scene 2) : Bestrides the Narrow World

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