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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Sunday Snippet

In the run up to the end of October, Hallowe'en and the beginning of winter, Ifeel that it is appropriate to post this snippet from Shakespeare. The supernatural was very much a part of life in Shakespeare's time when science was not a part of 'everyman's' life and fear of the unknown was. Shakepeare used these beings and creatures to weave magic and suspense into his plays.

Here is one example:

Night

Now the hungry lion roars,
And the wolf behowls the moon;
Whilst the heavy ploughman snores,
All weary task fordone.
Now the wasted brands do glow,
Whilst the screech-owl, screeching loud,
Puts the wretch that lies in woe
In remembrance of a shroud.
Now is the time of night
That the graves, all gaping wide,
Every one lets forth his sprite,
In the church-way paths to glide:
And we fairies, that do run
By the triple Hecate's team,
From the presence of the sun,
Following darkness like a dream,
Now are frolic; not a mouse
Shall disturb this hallow'd house:
I am sent with broom before,
To sweep the dust behind the door.

'A Midsummer NIght's Dream': Act V, Scene 1


11 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Yes, pretty damn scary!
Happy Halloween!

linda said...

oooo, that IS creepy...very halloween! have fun if you partake, which i don't...boo!
xoxoxo

aguja said...

No, I don't partake, but my grandson dresses up, so I shall go to have a look at his costume. Here, they have a fun party for children and adults in the square in the old town.

Elizabeth, Shakespeare knew how to use his words to full effect.

Thank you both for your comments.

Sweeter said...

Spooky creepy piece.
Great choice as always, Aguja.
Must apologize to you for not visiting in the last few weeks. Been and am busy-busy these days...
As for My Duality blog I had to put it to sleep for a while until I get the time to do things there. Meanwhile I keep my former Sweeter Poetry

Hugs and happy Halloween!!!

Kristin H said...

Shall I disturb this hallow'd House???
Soon, soon.... Happy Halloween

aguja said...

Dulce, thank you for your comment and explaination. Good to hear from you ... and we all have busy, busy times when we need to be away from blogland.

Kristin - love your follow up words! Thank you for commenting.

Melissa Sarno said...

Thanks for sharing this excerpt. I don't think of Shakespeare and the supernatural but it's true. And that moon is beautiful.

Gina said...

Very enjoyably creepy and wonderful on this snowy New England Halloween. We just had the electricity restored about an hour ago.

I'm hoping you are well and apologies for taking so long to come by and say hello to you. I'm not blogging much and leaving fewer comments on blogs. I always hope one day I'll have a chance to fully catch up but it never seems to happen!

peace,
Gina

Olga said...

Happy Halloween! I can never take a good photo at night. You have captured a wonderful shot. Shakespeare can surprise any generation.

tinajo said...

I love these words - and the pic, very spooky and beautiful! :-)

aguja said...

I so appreciate all of these comments.
The moon is taken from up here on the hill.
Shakespeare always surprises and is forever relevant, one way or another.
I know the feeling Gina ... and peace to you all!