Henry V is possibily the most stirring of Shakespeare’s historic plays.
Two passages, however, I have always found particularly inspired – and inspiring. Both texts can be used to start a journey of discovery as both offer the chance to explore modern and contemporary content that, while maybe not directly inspired by them, certainly have the same qualities. The first is the play’s Prologue, for its call to imagination; the second is the battle speech at Harfleur, whose force of expression and patriotic content echo in many other instances in history and literature.
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I am indebted to ww.opensourceshakespeare.org for the texts.