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" I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul ; freeze thy young blood ; Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres ; Thy knotted and combined locks to part, And each particular hair to stand on end, Like quills upon... "
The Stratford Shakspere, ed. by C. Knight - Page 22
by William Shakespeare - 1856
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Tragedy and After: Euripides, Shakespeare, Goethe

Ekbert Faas - 1986 - 223 pages
...amid "sulf rous and tormenting flames"1: But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of my prison house, I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow...stand on end, Like quills upon the fretful porpentine. (iv) Everywhere in the play, "Heaven's face... With heated visage, as against the doom" (IH.iv)2 seems...
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Renaissance Plays: New Readings and Rereadings

Leonard Barkan - 1985 - 182 pages
...promise to inflict an equal violence on their audience or readers. The Ghost darkly intimates to Hamlet, But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of my prison-house,...stand on end Like quills upon the fretful porpentine. (I. vl 3-20) Although there is plenty of nonlinguistic or nondiscursive violence in the play poisoning...
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Essays on Dramatic Traditions: Challenges and Transmissions

Mary Beth Rose - 1989 - 238 pages
...what is actually a mode of occupatio-. But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of my prison house, I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow...combined locks to part, And each particular hair to stand an end Like quills upon the fretful porpentine. (1.5.13-20) But in reappearing to Hamlet in Gertrude's...
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Hunting Cockroaches and Other Plays

Janusz Głowacki - 1990 - 216 pages
...night, And, for the day, confin'd to waste in fires Til the foul crimes done in my days of nature Art burnt and purg'd away. But that I am forbid To tell...hair to stand on end, Like quills upon the fretful porcupine: But this eternal blazon must not be To ears of flesh and blood. List, list, O, list! If...
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Hunting Cockroaches and Other Plays

Janusz Głowacki - 1990 - 216 pages
...night, And, for the day, confin'd to waste in fires Til the foul crimes done in my days of nature Art burnt and purg'd away. But that I am forbid To tell...hair to stand on end, Like quills upon the fretful porcupine: But this eternal blazon must not be To ears of flesh and blood. List, list, O, list! If...
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Meaning and Being in Myth

Norman Austin - 2010
...compassion with hints of the tortures he is suffering in the sulphurous flames of the other world: I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow...stand on end, Like quills upon the fretful porpentine. (Iv 15-20) Hamlet's young soul is harrowed sufficiently by the vision before his eyes; he needs no...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - 1992 - 138 pages
...day confined to fast in fires27 Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature Are burnt and purged away. But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of...stand on end, Like quills upon the fretful porpentine. ao But things eternal blazoned must not be 28 To ears of flesh and blood. List, list, O list! If thou...
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The Columbia Granger's Dictionary of Poetry Quotations

Edith P. Hazen - 1992 - 1132 pages
...days of nature Are burnt and purged away. But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of my prison house, ) 80 On their own (I, v) NAWM-1; OBD 27 But virtue, as it never will be moved, Though lewdness court it in a shape of...
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Languages of Visuality: Crossings Between Science, Art, Politics, and Literature

Beate Allert - 1996 - 270 pages
...have looked like any other kingly figure. He had therefore to depend on language to appall his son: But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of my prison-house,...eternal blazon must not be To ears of flesh and blood. (Hamlet 1.5.13-22) This ghost is not hauled on cables from the roof, but walks upon the stage like...
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The Power of Sympathy and the Coquette

William Wells Brown, Hannah Webster Foster - 1996 - 352 pages
...father first speaks to Hamlet: "But that I am forbid / To tell the secrets of my prison-house, / 1 could a tale unfold whose lightest word / Would harrow...particular hair to stand on end, / Like quills upon the fearful porpentine [ie, porcupine]" (Hamlet 1.5.13-20). 220 will cause my sun to sit at noon: The sun's...
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