To Walk or not to Walk: A Tribute to Hamlet’s “To Be or Not to Be” Soliloquy by William Shakespeare

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To walk, or not to walk—that is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the body to suffer
The falls and stumbles of potential hurting
Or to take flight against many obstacles
And by opposing pass them. To grow, to climb—
Much more—and by to climb I say begin
The heartache, of my Mama’s steady heart
That flesh is heir to. ‘Tis my consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To grow, to climb—
To climb, perhaps to reach: ay, there’s the goal,
For in that climb of heights what toys may come
When I have shuffled off this hallowed ground,
Must give me pause. There’s the respect
That makes calamity of my bright life.
For who may bear the pass and love of time,
Th’ inspirer’s hope, the proud Mom’s concentration
The pangs of endless love, of my delay,
The hesitance of office, and the spurns
That patient merit that my parents take,
When I myself might this loudness make
With a smiling face? Who would stories bear,
To grunt and sweat under a busy life,
But that the wait of something after climbs,
The undiscovered country, from who explores,
Gains new discoveries, puzzles the will,
And makes me rather bear those fears I have
And to fly to others that I know not of?
Thus conscience does make worriers of us all,
And thus the gorgeous hue of the horizon
Is shadowed o’er with the pale cast of dreams
And enterprise of great pitch and moment
With this regard my steps turn forward
And gain the name of action.—Soft you now,
My Mama and Dada! – Loves, in admiration
Be all my steps remembered.


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About doriandean

My name is Dorian Annabel. At 3-years-old, so much is new. I want to see, hear, and smell it all. I don't quite understand the "Internet" yet, but Mama says it's a way to see and touch the world, so I'm in. Since I'm still a little baby, my Mama and Daddy, Amy and Spenser Dean, are helping me to create this blog. My fingers just don't work quite fast enough yet.

2 responses to “To Walk or not to Walk: A Tribute to Hamlet’s “To Be or Not to Be” Soliloquy by William Shakespeare”

  1. Kaily says :

    How cute 🙂 Gabriel (my son) is trying to walk to. He still relies on shoving things around in front of him to walk but lately he’s been sticking is but up in the air and wobbles lol. They are so precious. I’m looking forward to seeing pictures when Dorian get’s moving!

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    • doriandean says :

      Thank you! 🙂 Dorian is more doing the holding furniture but won’t let go thing, but she gets so, so close to walking that I keep thinking that she will do it any day… but it just hasn’t happened yet. I am not in a hurry— that makes her seem more babylike to me than toddler, and I am not ready for toddler yet. 🙂

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