365 Days of Shakespeare

That's right – the Bard in a year.

225. Lines, lines, lines

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We of course know that Shakespeare was a big fan of words – and using lots and lots of them to construct all his famous lines and soliloquies. But just how many lines are there in each play?

Behold, the answer to that question! Here they are, from longest to shortest:

Antony and Cleopatra (1,361)
Othello (1,309)
Troilus and Cressida (1,301)
Hamlet (1,250)
Coriolanus (1,240)
Richard III (1,224)
King Lear (1,181)
The Merry Wives of Windsor (1,163)
Love’s Labour’s Lost (1,123)
Much Ado About Nothing (1,062)
All’s Well That Ends Well (1,034)
Twelfth Night (1,031)
Romeo and Juliet (990)
Henry IV, Part II (987)
Measure for Measure (987)
Cymbeline (979)
The Taming of the Shrew (965)
Henry VI, Part III (949)
Two Gentlemen of Verona (943)
Henry VI, Part II (921)
Julius Caesar
Henry VI, Part I (884)
As You Like It (872)
Timon of Athens (870)
Henry V (853)
The Winter’s Tale (814)
Henry VIII (788)
Henry VI, Part I (787)
Macbeth (765)
Pericles (756)
The Merchant of Venice (722)
The Tempest (702)
The Comedy of Errors (664)
Titus Andronicus (662)
Richard II (636)
King John (621)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Two things I found interesting were that Macbeth is not, in fact, the shortest of the plays, which I had always been led to believe it was, and that Henry IV, Part II and Measure for Measure are tied – two very different plays with the same line count!


Written by Caroline Mincks

May 14, 2010 at 5:50 PM

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