Apr. 3rd, 2012

armistice_day: (gold . put the inside on the outside)
Verse is everywhere, and so is meaning. Even in words that have become so well known that it's an effort to experience them afresh.
Shakespeare can feel at first so monumental, so unapproachable, or even so done, but really his plays are stories of universal human feeling that resonate with any people in any time or place. There we are in all of our best and worst moments.

Slings & Arrows is a great show if you love Shakespeare-- it's even a great show if you aren't all that familiar with Shakespeare and just want to see some fine acting, some superb writing, and some fine tragicomic drama.
The poem I've chosen for today is an often quoted selection from Macbeth. If you'd like to hear wonderful reading of this poem, you can find one here, as part of an episode of Slings & Arrows [>>2:56-5:16], complete with context.

...

She should have died hereafter;
there would have been a time for such a word.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
creeps in this petty pace from day to day
to the last syllable of recorded time,
and all our yesterdays have lighted fools
the way to dusty death.

Out, out, brief candle!

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
that struts and frets his hour upon the stage
and then is heard no more: it is a tale
told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
signifying nothing.


-- Macbeth, s.V, William Shakespeare

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