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Devise, wit; write, pen

Today I awoke with these lines from Love's Labour's Lost in my head:

"Devise, wit; write, pen; for I am for whole volumes in folio."

They come at the end of a monologue by Don Armado, one of Shakespeare's comic characters who is sometimes referred to as "the braggart". Yet even though they're the end of a comic soliloquy, they have a depth - and a sentiment - to them, that I adore.

Today, I'll hope my wit and pen come through for me. They certainly did yesterday, when I managed another 2-1/2 poems for the Jane project, all while keeping my foot firmly against the door to the back storecloset, whence the gnomes are trying to get out. I'd at least like to finish the incomplete Jane poem (related to Persuasion) before turning my attentions gnomeward.

Meanwhile, in an effort to find you a version of Don Armado's speech online, I inadvertently tripped across this sketch with Hugh Laurie as (a blond) Shakespeare and Rowan Atkinson as his editor, in which they discuss the most famous soliloquy ever written, Hamlet's "To be or not to be":

You can watch a finalist named Logan from the ESU Shakespeare Competition perform Armado's soliloquy (and two other things) here, if you're so inclined.

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Sep. 14th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
I knew you'd like that sketch!
Sep. 14th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
I'm still rooting for those gnomes. ;)
Sep. 14th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
They appreciate your faith in them.
Sep. 14th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
Patter patter!
Sep. 15th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Sep. 14th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
I love that quote, too. I should tape it to my laptop to look at whenever I'm tempted to procrastinate.

Is that video from A Bit of Fry and Laurie? I saw a season of that show once and it's hilarious, especially when Laurie sings. Search YouTube (when Jane gives you a break)

Oh, and here's Laurie on the suitable uses of poetry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nTmSu6v0LA

Sep. 15th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
The video's from Comic Relief, apparently. I have to check out some Fry & Laurie - I've been meaning to, anyhow. Will look at Laurie's take on poetry later.
Sep. 15th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
So funny! And as for your pen, I'd say you have wit and to spare. Happy writing!
Sep. 15th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Sep. 15th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
This (Hamlet sketch) is brilliant!!!

Methinks a contemporary editor would dislike the first line because it uses that boring verb which we're supposed to avoid. (Seriously, I've had people tell me the use of "was" as part of the verb is passive and to cut it. Sometimes that's true but "was" is sometimes part of the progressive past tense.)
Sep. 16th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
Folks tend to hate gerunds - "is running" instead of "runs" (or races or dashes or sprints) or "was running" instead of "ran" (or darted, shot, etc.)

I agree that the sketch was very funny. I was stoked when I stumbled across it.
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