The Most Romantic Moment in Shakespeare?
|Helena Bonham Carter, Imogen Stubbs, and Toby Stephens in Trevor Nunn's 1996 Twelfth Night
When asked to choose the most romantic moment in Shakespeare, many Bardophiles will likely choose a moment in Romeo and Juliet's balcony scene or the scene in its entirety. That's a fine choice, but when I was asked this question for the Bell Shakespeare blog, the moment that popped into my head was from the last scene of Twelfth Night–the climax of Viola's agonizing, unrequited love.
As it might be, perhaps, were I a woman,
I should your lordship.
She never told her love,
But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud,