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Most powerful lines in English Literature

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The Curfew tolls the knell of parting day

Thomas Gray - Elegy written in a Country Churchyard

 

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John Keats - Endymion

 

 

"The man hath penance done,

And penance more will do."

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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"Mine!" said by any two year old

 

LOL!!! :biglaugh: But should we include it as part of English Literature?? :biggrin:

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..........It was the best of times,........ it was the worst of times, ............it was the age of wisdom,...............it was the age of foolishness,..................it was the epoch of belief,.................it was the epoch of incredulity,..............it was the season of Light,.................it was the season of Darkness,...............it was the spring of hope,...................it was the winter of despair...................—Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

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This Nicholas anon leet fle a fart,

As greet as it had been a thonder-dent,

That with the strook he was almoost yblent;

And he was redy with his iren hoot,

And Nicholas amydde the ers he smoot,

Of gooth the skyn an hande brede aboute,

The hoote kultour brende so his toute,

And for the smert he wende for to dye.

As he were wood, for wo he gan to crye,

"Help! Water! Water! Help for Goddes herte!"

 

Translation......

 

*This Nicholas just then let fly a fart

As loud as it had been a thunder-clap,

And well-nigh blinded Absalom, poor chap;

But he was ready with his iron hot

And Nicholas right in the arse he got.

Off went the skin a hand's-breadth broad, about,

The coulter burned his bottom so, throughout,

That for the pain he thought that he should die.

And like one mad he started in to cry,

"Help! Water! Water! For God's dear heart!"

 

English literature isn't all about actors with posh accents doing Shakespeare.... :cute:


And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive at where we started, and know the place for the first time.

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This Nicholas anon leet fle a fart,

As greet as it had been a thonder-dent,

That with the strook he was almoost yblent;

And he was redy with his iren hoot,

And Nicholas amydde the ers he smoot,

Of gooth the skyn an hande brede aboute,

The hoote kultour brende so his toute,

And for the smert he wende for to dye.

As he were wood, for wo he gan to crye,

"Help! Water! Water! Help for Goddes herte!"

 

Translation......

 

*This Nicholas just then let fly a fart

As loud as it had been a thunder-clap,

And well-nigh blinded Absalom, poor chap;

But he was ready with his iron hot

And Nicholas right in the arse he got.

Off went the skin a hand's-breadth broad, about,

The coulter burned his bottom so, throughout,

That for the pain he thought that he should die.

And like one mad he started in to cry,

"Help! Water! Water! For God's dear heart!"

 

English literature isn't all about actors with posh accents doing Shakespeare.... :cute:

 

:biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh:

 

OMG!!!!!! I haven't laughed so hard for quite some time. WHERE did you get this from oh where, where???????????????? If I'd known this when I was in school, I would have found some way of giving my literature teacher a heart attack by making her read it :cute: :cute: :cute: :cute:

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:biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh:

 

OMG!!!!!! I haven't laughed so hard for quite some time. WHERE did you get this from oh where, where???????????????? If I'd known this when I was in school, I would have found some way of giving my literature teacher a heart attack by making her read it :cute: :cute: :cute: :cute:

 

It is The Miller's Tale by Chaucer... kind of the grandfather of english lit.... If you are interested check out the complete collection called the Canterbury Tales :yes:


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.......................Canterbury tales.................!!!......................oops you had already said.....................memories of school.............lol

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