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Of Music, Love and Fantasy

After a long time, I bring you another video of me reading Shakespeare. Hope you enjoy it!

In these famous, opening lines of his romantic comedy Twelfth Night, Shakespeare describes the overwhelming nature of new love. The lovelorn Duke Orsino, who speaks these lines, hopes to be rid of love through the ‘excess’ of music. However, music enhances his state instead of depleting it. Through these lines, Shakespeare expounds on the role of imagination in love, whatever form that love might take, and music as the “food” of it.

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That strain again! it had a dying fall:
O, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound,
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour! Enough; no more:
‘Tis not so sweet now as it was before.
O spirit of love! how quick and fresh art thou,
That, notwithstanding thy capacity
Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there,
Of what validity and pitch soe’er,
But falls into abatement and low price,
Even in a minute: so full of shapes is fancy
That it alone is high fantastical.

Though I haven’t posted Youtube videos in a while, I do hope to make it into a weekly or bi-weekly habit (I’m thinking Sunday and Thursday), posting readings, book reviews, podcasts, discussion videos, randomness and the occasional karaoke! If you have any suggestions for videos, do let me know in the comments.

I’d also love to hear your thoughts on music, love and the imagination in connection with today’s video!

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2 thoughts on “Of Music, Love and Fantasy

  1. Lovely voice and singing words. Shakespeare like this is hard for many of us moderns because it’s so dense with ideas, but this is also very musical verse and you did justice to both.

    And I’ll add that the audio recording sounded very good as well. If you have changed anything in your audio recording setup from earlier in the year, it was likely a good change.

    1. Thank you! I really appreciate your feedback! No, it’s still the same. I still record in my room (I live in a noisy, urban area) and this recording was done on my phone, though I have tried out several other devices. I go through several takes, till I can find the clearest, as well as the most enunciated one, so it is a bit of hard work!

      I started this channel to discuss Shakespeare, taking the most famous sections and explaining them, without “lecturing” people. The idea came to me when I wrote a few posts on Shakespeare, and a number of people commented saying they want to read Shakespeare but were afraid of him. So far, I haven’t been able to make these explanatory podcasts, but if I can do anything to get people interested in his writing, I think it’s a good thing!

      Thank you again!

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