Great Words – Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida

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The second post of the poetry exploration is another Shakespeare (First one here). This one popped up on Tumblr, and I just found myself reading aloud (as Stephen Fry recommends/demands in his poetry book).  Ulysses and Achilles are discussing the worth of things and people in society, and Ulysses muses on actions and contributions to society.

Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back,
Wherein he puts alms for oblivion,
A great-siz’d monster of ingratitudes.
Those scraps are good deeds past, which are devour’d
As fast as they are made, forgot as soon
As done. Perseverance, dear my lord,
    Keeps honour bright. Continue reading

Great Words – Shakespeare’s King Lear

I’ve embarked upon reading Stephen Fry’s book The Ode Less Traveled to improve my creativity and sensitivity with words.Book

The book is terrifying with my low confidence, and I am slogging my way through. He audaciously asks the reader to write poetry! How awful!  In the spirit of Star Trek’s Dr. McCoy: Dammit, Jim! I’m a biologist, not a poet!

Through this book, I’m reading plenty of great poetry (surprisingly, mostly British), and want to share what I find meaningful with the….internet.  Mostly just collect it somewhere to easily access and share if necessary.

The inspiration for this collection comes from this quote, a speech by King Lear in the play…wait for it…King Lear.  Lear’s daughters seek to remove the help and the luxuries of his home on the basis of him not needing it, and the King vehemently objects:

O, reason not the need! Continue reading