Antony’s Funeral Oration

This is an interpretation I put together of Antony’s famous speech given at the pulpit in Julius Caesar—see speech key at the bottom, first before reading. I would love to hear any choices you might change that you feel work better or give it a sense of freshness as a different interpretation. I put this together so you could see my perspective on this speech but especially to hear what you guys think. Enjoy!

*FRIENDS ROMANS COUNTRYMEN* LEND! me your ears

i come to BURY caesar… NOT… to praise him…

(the evil that men do lives after after them…

the good is oft interred with their bones)

*so LET IT BE WITH CAESAR* the noble brutus

hath told you *CAESAR WAS AMBITIOUS*

(if it were so it was a grievous fault )

*and GRIEVOUSLY hath caesar answered it*

(HERE…under leave of BRUTUS and the rest…)

*for BRUTUS is an HONORABLE man*

*so are they ALL ALL HONORABLE men*

come I to SPEAK in CAESAR’S FUNERAL………

*HE was my FRIEND…FAITHFUL…(and JUST to ME)

BUT BRUTUS SAYS HE WAS AMBITIOUS

and BRUTUS is an HONORABLE man……

he hath brought MANY CAPTIVES… (HOME to ROME)

whose ransoms did the GENERAL COFFERS FILL

did THIS…in caesar seem AMBITIOUS?

when that the poor have CRIED…caesar hath WEPT……

AMBITION should be made of *STERNER STUFF*

YET…BRUTUS says…*he WAS ambitious*

and BRUTUS is an HONORABLE man…

*you ALL did see…that on the lupercal

i THRICE presented him a KINGLY CROWN……

(which he did)… *THRICE! RE-FUSE* WAS THIS AMBITION!!!?

(yet brutus says he was ambitious)

and (SURE he is an HONORABLE! MAN)

i speak NOT to DISPROVE what brutus spoke

but (HERE I AM) *TO SPEAK WHAT I DO KNOW*

*YOU ALL DID LOVE HIM ONCE*……(NOT WITHOUT CAUSE)……

what CAUSE withholds you then to MOURN for him?

O JUDGEMENT (thou art fled to brutish BEASTS)

and men have LOST their reason…BEAR with me…

my HEART is in the COFFIN their with CAESAR…

and i must PAUSE…till it come…BACK…to me.

SPEECH KEY

( )= SPOKEN FASTER

* *= SPOKEN SLOWER

…= PAUSE

CAPITALS=LOUDER AND ACCENTUATED

! = WITH EVEN HEAVIER EMPHASIS

hyphenated words = each syllable especially distinct

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