Shakespeare's "Henry V" Part 3: The Language


Part 3 features close-readings of some of the play’s most significant speeches, with Professor Stephen Foley. Through Henry’s private soliloquy, we trace his moments of insight and blindness. In the Chorus’s inspiring invitation to the audience to recreate the Battle of Agincourt in their minds, and in Henry’s stirring speech to his own troops before the battle, we see how Shakespeare’s words shape history, and how history is reshaped in the act of being remembered. Speeches and Performers: Chorus, Prologue, “O, for a Muse of fire …” (Anton Lesser) Henry V, Act 4, “What infinite heart’s ease …” (Ruth Page) Henry V, Act 4, “If we are marked to die … Saint Crispin’s Day.” (Paterson Joseph)

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