|Age Range(s)||Young Adult (20-35), Adult (36-50)|
|Type of monologue / Character is||In love, Depressed, Lamenting, Frustrated, Insecure, Afraid|
|Description||Dukes Orsino pines for Olivia|
|Location||ACT I, Scene 1|
In the land of Illyria, Duke Orsino is in the company of his lords and musicians. He is madly in love with Olivia, a wealthy and beautiful lady that has decided that she won't marry for seven years to mourn her brother's death. In this first lines of the play Duke Orsini laments the fact that he is in love. He says he hopes that his musicians by playing beautiful music will make him forget the fact that he is on love.
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If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That strain again! it had a dying fall:
O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound,
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour! Enough; no more:
'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.
O spirit of love! how quick and fresh art thou,
That, notwithstanding thy capacity
Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there,
Of what validity and pitch soe'er,
But falls into abatement and low price,
Even in a minute: so full of shapes is fancy
That it alone is high fantastical.