Richard ii this england speech
Quote by William Shakespeare: “This royal throne of kings, this sceptered isle...”
Is England too good for the English? Shakespeare’s John of Gaunt seems to think so
Richard II by: William Shakespeare. Context Study Questions Further Reading. Act 2 Scene 1. Little rainstorms often go on for a long time, but big, violent thunderstorms come and go quickly. The person who starts off too fast will soon tire out, and the person who eats too fast will choke on his food.
John of Gaunt, ill and dying in his house, talks with the Duke of York while he awaits the arrival of King Richard. Gaunt hopes that, with his dying breath, he will be able to give the foolhardy young King Richard some advice that he will listen to. York says that that is unlikely; the King is too much surrounded by flatterers, and too interested in the follies and fashions of the world. Gaunt replies that, if that is the case, he must prophecy with his last breath that Richard is headed for doom: "His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last. He goes on to lament, in the play's most famous speech, that the beautiful, fertile, and divinely favored country of England has been rented out.
Austen Saunders. England, bound in with the triumphant sea, Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame, With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds. That England that was wont to conquer others Hath made a shameful conquest of itself. As all families are families in different ways, so are all nations, nations. What is England? Shakespeare took part in that obsession.
This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall, Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands, This blessed plot, this earth, this realm this England This is a breathtaking speech in more than one sense, because the whole speech of twenty lines is a single sentence, virtually an apostrophe to the land, that gestures in demonstrative language toward a familiar and beloved object. Significantly, the grammatical subject of the sentence, 'this England,' appears for the first time halfway through the passage, having been preceded by a long list of metaphors, epithets, and appositives What the demonstrative pronoun 'this' refers to is not made explicit until ten lines later, and by the logic of Gaunt's speech it does not need to be, because everyone -- whether on or off the stage -- who hears him speak should know without question what he means. Garber
Both have a very critical attitude towards the king. John of Gaunt eventually delivers a famous speech. As far as the reception of Shakespeare is concerned, his speech has been regarded as an invocation of English patriotism. Correspondingly, it has been often quoted ever since. It is also depicted as a fertile, feared, highly respected and divinely favoured country.