SKULL APPRECIATION DAY (week)!! Day 3- Yorick

June 5, 2012

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now?

Possibly one of the most commonly misquoted prose of Shakespeare, it is a monologue of Hamlet to the skull of a previous court jester- Yorick.  This literary skull was suggested by our Craniophile friend Suzanne, we hadn’t thought of it but we are glad she had because there are some very cool Yoricks out there!

Like many things Shakespearian, we can only speculate as to the intention and the meaning of this character in the story, but it is thought to be a symbol of Vanitas, or momento mori (themes we will come back to at a later time on Craniophiles).  Seeing as the play has been kicking around for some 500 years now there are a myriad of Yoricks we can admire.

Here we have Sir Laurence Olivier gazing solemly at the 1948 film adaptions version of Yorick

and depicted here in a modern interpretation of Hamlet is David Tennant and the skull of pianist Andre Tchaikowsky- who bequested his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Very Cool- read the telegraph story about the skull here.

Thank you again for the suggestion Suzanne, Yorick is a worthy member of our Skull Appreciation Day (week) 7 skulls!

One comment

  1. Thank you! Very cool!

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