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Lessons on How to Speak to a Lover – by Shakespeare

Sometimes you just come across speeches in Shakespeare’s works that astound you – that cause you to simply be still and marvel at the beauty of the language. There’s no questioning why Shakespeare is an enduring classic – because with words like these, he captures what most men could never hope to articulate. Which is why he can teach us all a thing or two about how to put our love into words that caress the soul like velvet.

Bassanio from The Merchant of Venice
Madam, you have bereft me of words.
Only my blood speaks to you in my veins,
And there is such confusion in my powers
As, after some oration fairly spoke
By a bleoved prince, there doth appear
Among the buzzing pleased multitude,
Where every something, being blent together,
Turns to a wild of nothing, save of joy,
Expressed and not expressed. But when this ring
Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence.
Oh, then be bold to say Bassanio’s dead!

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