In terms of British theatrical history it represents the last great fling of the high-flown late Victorian tradition most readily associated with Sir Henry Irving.
His pungent rejoinders made short work of the Government's high-flown theories.
Anyone who has read the Bronte Sisters knows the kind of high-flown passion the Victorians held dear.
The cultural supplements of Germany's newspapers, always fond of high-flown debates, will have their work cut out for them this summer.
Whatever high-flown rhetoric comes from the president next week, the reality is clear-cut.
It contains 823 pages of learned, high-flown , flowery reflections on the glorious if doomed role of the poet in a nasty world, with a high incidence of exclamation marks.
The only Shakespeare play written entirely in verse, it contrasts the high-flown ideals of Richard with the low cunning of Henry Bolingbroke, the man who overthrows him and later has him murdered.
It was not the last time the high-flown menu prose promised one thing while the actual dish delivered another.
It is tempting under the current circumstances to rush down from our high ground and have a right old go at the BBC - perhaps using rather high-flown and intemperate language.
Viewed in this light, his high-flown rhetoric about the timeless values of freedom and democracy can seem an abstraction fit only for university debating halls.