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        Language: Poetry vs. Prose | Great Performances : Hollow Crown

        Prince Hal and Falstaff both recite speeches in these video segments from Henry IV, Part 1. After watching these two Hollow Crown segments, have students analyze the related text, determine whether the excerpts are considered prose or poetry, and answer the discussion questions.

        Hal and Falstaff in the Tavern

        Falstaff and Prince Hal humorously impersonate Hal’s father, King Henry IV, in this video segment. Observe the choices the director, Richard Eyre, made when filming the scene and consider Falstaff’s comic relief role in Henry IV. This is Act II, scene iv from Henry IV, Part 1.

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        Prince Hal Reveals the Truth Behind His Behavior

        This video from The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part I features Prince Hal thinking about how, contrary to public belief, his decadent and immature lifestyle is all an act that will be set aside once he is king. This is Act I, scene ii from Henry IV, Part 1.

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