Acid Rainforest 8

The effects of acid rain (


I have of late (but wherefore I know not) lost all my mirth,

Indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that

This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory

This most excellent canopy, the air—look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament

This majestical roof fretted with golden fire

Why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors

                        (William Shakespeare)


This is the first part of Hamlet’s speech to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The second part can be found here.

The British literary critic and Professor of English Literature John Chruton Collins (1848-1908) said of this… ‘It would be hard to cull from the whole body of prose literature a passage which more strikingly demonstrated the splendour and the majesty of our language, when freed from the shackles of rhyme for with it Shakespeare has raised prose to the sublimest pitch of verse.’


8 thoughts on “Acid Rainforest

  1. Reply sally cronin Sep 12,2017 8:51 am

    A depressing image Paul.. and one that reminds us of how much has already been lost in our lifetimes… Julius Caesar for O’levels… all time favourite Taming of the Shrew (manual for all men contemplating matrimony). xxx

  2. Reply D. Wallace Peach Sep 11,2017 12:10 am

    I love Shakespeare. Beautiful verse and thank goodness it doesn’t rhyme. Can you imagine? Oh my!

  3. Reply Robbie Cheadle Sep 10,2017 4:57 pm

    Funnily enough, Paul, I recently researched the effects of acid rain. Great minds think alike [smile]. I also love Shakespeare as you know.

    • Reply Paul Sep 11,2017 12:31 am

      Separated at birth Robbie?
      Well separated at birth also by about 25 years at least (in your favour I hasten to add!).
      I know you like Shakespeare and you know what despite all the hype that surrounds any genius especially over hundreds of years, so do I. This piece especially speaks to me.
      One of the many things I like about him (apart from his plots, and use of language, naturally, and a fair old whack of his poetry – which is pretty good for me because as you know I have no soul) is the fact he was a common man from a fairly uneducated background, who worked to create himself and has produced some of the most enduring work in the English language.
      Which is why so many in academia for so long tried to deny he (a man of little formal education- who left no books in his will) ever wrote the plays and tried to attach his plays to others such as the aristocratic Christopher Marlow – despite the fact Marlowe was dead (murdered) by the time the later plays. They had all sorts of devices including conspiracy theories. Marlowe wasn’t really dead but writing while living abroad and fencing the work through Shakespeare. The ironic thing was they were ignoring easily accessible contrary evidence. There were well attested letters by near contemporaries that Comment on the plays and praise Shakespeare for writing them.
      Wow, now where did all that come from. I was only going to say hi!

      • Reply Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, MCC, SCAC Sep 15,2017 1:55 am

        Fascinating response to Robbie, Paul. I, too, am a Shakespeare buff. Much of what I know about English history came from reading his plays (or performing in them, or watching them on stage).

        Loved your recent post over at Sally’s too (Arthur, etc.). Now I know a bit MORE about English history.

        Have to agree with Sally on her opinion here. Disturbing.
        (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
        ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
        “It takes a village to educate a world!”

        • Reply Paul Sep 16,2017 1:11 am

          Thanks Madelyn, sometimes I wounder where all these erudite outbursts come from! I think I must be a frustrated academic or something! Speaking of which have you seen Marlowe’s Edward II. The British indie artie film Director Derek Jarman did a film of it and it ends with Annie Lennox singing Cole Porter’s Everytime we say Goodbye. Marvellous. Something to watch out for is Caravaggio, if you’ve not seen that too, about the renaissance iconclastic artist. Caravaggio painted his conversion of St Paul on the road to Damascus so that the first thing you saw as you entered the church was the Horse’s arse! Jarman captures the whole feeling of the demi mondee by having 16th century Carravagio cleaning his motorbike in his art studio and hanging out with bikers. Jarman was weird but utterly committed to his vision!

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