Poem introduction

The British Council has supported these recordings as part of the Shakespeare Lives in 2016 programme celebrating the work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death.

A Winter Elegy

 

i.m. Erzsebet Adam, Teatrul National

 

A valley outside town. Winter. Earth. Stone.

Today Time’s judgement holds, that you lie here

In a dark portion of his chest which none

Save he will guard; and let no light shine near,

Unless some hand contrive to oversway

His power with such strong actions as I think

Might flower in summer, on a lovelier day,

In written lines, in bright, enduring ink.

Then would you live, and all your fairest parts

Be so remembered beyond boundless seas

For the rarest jewels, inside all loving hearts

Hidden away from Time’s foul jealousies.

  Let these words serve as Prologue to an act

  Cruel Time shall envy when it is a fact. 

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3'We are going to see the rabbit...'

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4Common Sense

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5Office Party

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6Balls of Sweetness

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7Peter Daines at a Party

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8The Packet

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9Ballad of Scarlet and Black

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10Scare

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11Procedural

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12An Orchard Path

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13From his Childhood

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14Before the Game

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15April Light

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18Two Prospects of Adolescence

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20Incorrect

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24On My 66th Birthday

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25Incident on a Holiday

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27The Presentation

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28Vocational

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29Continuation

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30Found Object

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1September 1939

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2Sayings of the Utopians

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3The Secret Hats

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4A Day in 1966

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4Parole

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6ANAC 2004

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9His Morning I, His Morning II

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10His Chivalry I, His Chivalry II

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11His Breath-Test

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13His Visit

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14My Cricket

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15The Dust

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17In the Emergency School

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18Mr Banister

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19A Bottle

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20Musician

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21Are Etceteras No Things?

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22The Way Down

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23In Reykjavik

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24Antidotes

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25Provisionality

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26Index of First Lines

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28As No Art Is

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