Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A-Z: War

Blood and destruction shall be so in use,
And dreadful objects so familiar,
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Até by his side come hot from Hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war...

–– Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene I

The full text can be found at Wikisource


  1. Actually played this part in a school play and when a Klingon recites in a movie you now it's quality.

  2. I've awarded you the Leibster Blog Award. Come pick it up.


  3. Shakespeare is the DM's best friend. Seriously. Between the "Cry Havoc" line and and pretty much anything from Henry V... Particularly if you don't mind paraphrasing the Bard for your own ends!

  4. Classic. The other place my mind goes at the mention of War, without other context would be the song from the Finnish rock band Poets of the Fall.

  5. Shelly: Thanks so much -- you're so very kind! :)

  6. Wow, your post makes me wish I'd gotten to read more Shakespeare in high school. Maybe if I can make the time to do so, I'll look up more of his works. Thanks for sharing, and it's a pleasure to meet you post-AZ!