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Hear My Soul Speak : Wedding Quotations from Shakespeare [Kindle Edition]

Duane Morin
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Book Description

William Shakespeare wrote some of the most romantic lines the world has ever known. What better way to celebrate a wedding than with a generous helping of his timeless wisdom? No one speaks to eternal happiness and everlasting love like Shakespeare, whose words ring just as true today as they did four hundred years ago. This book is far more than just a plain list of quotes you’ve no doubt heard before. Over one hundred selections have been chosen specifically for their usefulness at a wedding, organized by who might say them (the happy couple, the father of the bride, or even the guests themselves), when to say them (at the altar, at the reception, as a toast) and even what they mean (when it’s not obvious). It’s much easier for the best man to deliver a toast when he knows what he’s saying and is not just reading from an index card he copied off the internet, no matter how cool and romantic it sounds.

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  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 50 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042AMG60
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Place to Find Shakespeare for Weddings November 19, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
If a wedding is in your future and Shakespeare is in your soul, you should get this book. In an extremely-personable and enjoyable style, Duane Morin (a.k.a. Shakespeare Geek) presents a wide range of Shakespearean material that will enhance and deepen the wedding experience for all involved.

And "all involved" isn't an exaggeration. If you're the groom, this book guides you toward some excellent Shakespearean material you can use. If you're the bride, you'll find suggestions and advice for incorporating Shakespeare into your ceremony. If you're attending a wedding, this book provides something appropriate to write in the guest book.

Morin's books isn't just a collection of random bits of Shakespeare--though it does have sections filled with carefully-considered quotations. Instead, Hear My Soul Speak provides a laid-back and colloquial encounter with different possible uses of Shakespeare in weddings.

For example, the book starts with a section on which sonnets might be used in a wedding and why. Morin offers good advice, straightforward explanation and annotation, and humorous asides. He examines Sonnet 130 ("My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun") at a level deeper than the typical high school explication does, but he concludes with a precautionary tale:

"Looked at from the right angle, [Sonnet 130] might well be the best wedding sonnet of them all. Of course, more than one bride has vetoed it on the grounds that 'No one is going to do a reading that says my breath reeks at my wedding!' Your mileage may vary."

Thoughout, Morin makes an impassioned defense for using Shakespeare--and for sticking to the Shakespearean text wherever possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare Geek Makes Love Easy October 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I've followed Duane, the Shakespeare Geek, and his blog for many years. As a teacher of English and Shakespeare, I'm always looking for collections of things. This book does just that. Any Shakespearean quote about love is included.

Often, teachers concentrate on the insults, but the words of love by Shakespeare are worth study as well. I use them in class, pairing a "love" assignment with an insult assignment. To me that makes Shakespeare great: he can cut you down and make you feel like a prince/princess equally well.

Use this collection in the class or any significant life event. I personally used Sonnet 116 on my wedding invitation, but I wish I had access to this book back in 1992 to maybe use one not as well-known. Anyway. With all the punny and cheesy one-liners out there, this book makes for some great lines to your spouse, significant other, GOOD friend, or what you will. Instead of "I do," what if one said, "When this ring parts from this finger, then parts life from hence?" Just saying...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 21, 2014
By Mark
Format:Kindle Edition
Very useful, not just for the bride and groom, but for anyone involved in a wedding.
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More About the Author

"Dedicated to proving that Shakespeare makes life better."

Duane Morin is neither actor, nor director, nor theatre person of any sort. He's trained in computer science, not English literature. He is, however, a self-proclaimed "Shakespeare geek" on a mission to prove that you don't have to be any of those things to love and appreciate the works of William Shakespeare. He has been very active in promoting this mission online through multiple web sites and well-known Twitter personality.

"Hear My Soul Speak : Wedding Quotations from Shakespeare" is his first foray into the world of ebook publishing, with the hopes of many more to follow.

For the very latest on Duane's efforts to change the world through Shakespeare, visit


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