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I'm looking for any quotes/lines that Shakespeare wrote to describe the human voice,...

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chrislandy | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 7, 2009 at 10:02 PM via web

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I'm looking for any quotes/lines that Shakespeare wrote to describe the human voice, preferably, the beauty of the human voice.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 7, 2009 at 11:36 PM (Answer #1)

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Here is one for you:

King Lear, Act V, Scene III, line 274-5

"Her voice was ever soft,

Gentle and low, an excellent thing in woman."                      

I hope some other people can add a few more.                     

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 8, 2009 at 9:29 AM (Answer #2)

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"Henry IV, Part II":

have you not a moist eye, a dry hand, a yellow cheek, a white beard,...Is not your voice broken, your wind short....(206)

"Antony and Cleopatra":

His legs bestrid the ocean; his rear'd arm/Crested the world; his voice was propertied/As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends;/But when he meant to quail and shake the orb,/He was as rattling thunder....(82)

"As You Like It," Act II, Scene 7:

All the world's a stage,.../And one man in his time plays many parts,/....At first the infant,/Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms./And then the whining schoolboy,...The sixth age shifts/Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,/...and his big manly voice,/Turning again towards childish treble, pipes/And whistles in his sound....(139)


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