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Re: Great Literary Quotes
Nautical descriptions by Billy the Shakespeare:
Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Quote from The Tempest. Act i. Scene. 2.
Lear. Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drench’d our steeples, drown’d the cocks! 5
You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Strike flat the thick rotundity o’ the world!
Crack nature’s moulds, all germens spill at once 10
That make ingrateful man!
It's somewhat of a mystery where Shakespeare got his knowledge of the sea. I've heard some speculation that he went to sea during periods where there is no good record of where he was. Some of the descriptions he uses in The Tempest and elsewhere are a little too "real" for a landlubber to have devised.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
Last edited by smurphny; 01-18-2013 at 09:42 PM.