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Hamlet and I.

by laurafraser 

Posted: 28 February 2005
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To be or not to be said Hamlet.
To do or not to do, said I.
Hamlet sat and said think about it:
I simply turned away.

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Beanie Baby at 14:57 on 28 February 2005  Report this post
This is funny, Laura. You seem to have a thing about Shakespeare at the moment (not that there's anything wrong with that - he seems to be getting in everywhere - have you seen the jeans ad on TV? It is really amazing!). As someone whose preferred poetry form is haiku and tanka, this little beauty almost has a tanka-ush feel to it. It is very profound and deep and the last line - "I simply turned away" - really roundsi it off beautifully.

laurafraser at 15:53 on 28 February 2005  Report this post
Tahnk-you Beanie,

yes William seems to be occupying my thoughts at the moment have half my dissertation in soon and he is half of my english degree-oh the joys of being able to simply turn away from the things that you don't like and for them never to haunt you...
thanks for comments and for reading


Hamburger Yogi & PBW at 05:06 on 01 March 2005  Report this post
Do you mind if I comment only on the content?

Albert Camus would agree with you. During the 50s he had arguments with Sartre about the 'being/doing' distinction (no longer a trendy topic).

To be fair, we should accept Hamlet's credentials as an effective agent. For he decided to ACT and trap the usurper and thereby make himself a target for the 'the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune' - he wasn't just a thinker.

Hamburger Yogi

laurafraser at 16:01 on 02 March 2005  Report this post
Hamburger Yogi,

RE Sartre and Camus' arguments with one another and it being "no longer a trendy topic" there is always room for the comeback kid (look at Hilary Swank at the Oscars...) but only if they have something new to say...
aware that Hamlet and I is not really adding anything sparklingly original, but I think it is an argument that began way before those wonderful thinkers to the time when Adam first learnt to blush.

I agree that Hamlet can be seen as "an...agent" but am not entirely convinced by how effective he is, was he not a victim of his own thought in the end?

but yes i agree that he wan't just a thinker in that no one can be entirely a 'do-er' either, therein lies one of the truths about being human-we are never wholly one thing...(at least i think!)

really appreciateyour comments, thank-you.


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