The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
 William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (1600). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source The Merchant of Venice
Topic music emotions sensitivity
Date 1600
Language English
Reference The Merchant of Venice, Act V, Scene 1
Note Written between 1596 and 1599 Lorenzo line

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master As Lorenzo and Jessica enjoy the moonlight show, musicians arrive. Jessica notices that music makes her sad, and Lorenzo explains to her that music has great power over all living beings, and that nothing can resist it. So souls who are insensitive to music can only be corrupted souls.
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