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To be , or not to be

By seanslevin  
To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
That Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; Ay, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There's the respect
That makes Calamity of so long life:
For who would bear the Whips and Scorns of time,
The Oppressor's wrong, the proud man's Contumely,
The pangs of despised Love, the Law’s delay,
The insolence of Office, and the Spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his Quietus make
With a bare Bodkin? Who would Fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered Country, from whose bourn
No Traveller returns, Puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have,
Than fly to others that we know not of.
Thus Conscience does make Cowards of us all,
And thus the Native hue of Resolution
Is sicklied o'er, with the pale cast of Thought,
And enterprises of great pitch and moment,
With this regard their Currents turn awry,
And lose the name of Action. Soft you now,
The fair Ophelia? Nymph, in thy Orisons
Be all my sins remembered.

Voters: saeidNL, gazlowe, reflectionsinlight and 42 more

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
11 May 2012 7:45AM
Excellent and fantastic work,well done,

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An excellent B/W image.Smile

Richsr 11 91 223 England
11 May 2012 8:49AM
Like the use of the space here good one
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1912 United Kingdom
11 May 2012 9:23AM
Space, light and darkness. Plus that sticking plaster ...
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
11 May 2012 12:30PM
A classic....yes, it's that bandaged finger that first struck me, then the contemplative nature of the image. It speaks volumes....although I was thinking more of Adam than Shakespeare.
11 May 2012 12:43PM
brilliant, sean. =)
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
11 May 2012 1:20PM
Excellent work.
Mari 14 1.8k United Kingdom
11 May 2012 1:53PM
This has your unique style all over it Sean... it's beautiful, congrats on the awards Smile

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
11 May 2012 2:30PM
The almighty apple in the damaged hand. Beautiful! Awesome light, textures, b/w. Congrats............Sandy
Chant57 Plus
12 395 3 United Kingdom
11 May 2012 4:32PM
Marvellous! Spacially aware, Light and shade, super B&W work.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
11 May 2012 4:34PM
Excellent work Sean, always something different and creative from you! I like the concept, image and words - my congrat's too!

Sarah *
kitsch 12 439 4 United Kingdom
11 May 2012 9:04PM
seanslevin 14 9 Ireland
12 May 2012 8:32AM
Many thanks everyone for the kind words and awards .


jenquest 15 561 1 Tokelau
12 May 2012 7:52PM
19 May 2012 8:34PM
"...Which puzzles the brain, and doth confound the sense"

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