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

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

"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)


Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

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.                     

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial