The most famous Shakespeare soliloquies (and indeed, the most famous soliloquys in the English language!) are found in three of Shakespeare’s plays – Hamlet , Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet. For example, perhaps the best known opening line to a Shakespeare soliloquy is “to be or not to be”, from Hamlet. Follow the links below to find free extracts from our modern English Shakespeare ebooks, making Shakespeare’s most well known soliloquies available so you can fully understand the monologes in the plays. We hope that you will find these Shakespeare soliloquies helpful:

Shakespeare soliloquies by play:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream soliloquies in modern English
Hamlet soliloquies in modern English
King Lear soliloquies in modern English
Macbeth soliloquies in modern English
The Merchant of Venice soliloquies in modern English
Othello soliloquies in modern English
Romeo & Juliet soliloquies in modern English
The Tempest soliloquies in modern English


Most popular Shakespeare soliloquies:

O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright
What light through yonder window breaks?
The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse
Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds
How oft when men are at the point of death
It is the East, and Juliet is the sun
What’s in a name?

To be or not to be
Now might I do it pat
How all occasions do inform against me
My offence is rank, it smells to heaven
What rogue and peasant slave am I
That this too solid felsh would melt

Is this a dagger which I see before me?
If it were done when ’tis done
The raven himself is hoarse
Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

O God of battles! Steel my soldier’s hearts
The feast of St Crispin
Oh for a muse of fire
Once more into the breach, dear friends
To horse you gallant princes, stright to horse

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