?

Log in

Little Willow [userpic]

Poetry Friday: Never Doubt I Love from Hamlet by William Shakespeare

August 28th, 2008 (09:22 pm)
hopeful

Current Mood: hopeful
Current Song: CSI score music

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Act II, Scene 2

This is an excerpt of the letter Hamlet wrote to Ophelia, which was then read aloud on stage by Polonius.

Hamlet is my favorite Shakespearean tragedy, mostly due to the character of Hamlet himself. David Tennant is currently portraying Hamlet in the Royal Shakespeare Company production in London, thousands of miles away. Meanwhile, though I had planned on doing so, I was unable to see any Shakespeare in the Park type of performances this summer. Thus, I am mourning those lost opportunities, and honoring them with the above passage.

Melanie Doane's song Never Doubt I Love was inspired by Hamlet's letter to Ophelia. I think it's really pretty, and that it accurately captures the feeling of the passage, though the letter's purpose was two-fold (feigned madness and true affection) while the song is a love ballad. It's interesting to hear it sung by a woman instead of spoken by a man. The song is available on her album Shakespearean Fish. Read the lyrics.

I also love the scene in which Ophelia goes mad.

Related Booklist: Shakespearian Spinoffs

View all posts tagged as Poetry Friday at Bildungsroman.

Consult the Poetry Friday roundup schedule at Big A little a.

Learn more about Poetry Friday.

Comments

Posted by: bluemalibu (bluemalibu)
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)

I love that quote from Hamlet :)
Thank you for sharing that

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)

:)

(Deleted comment)
Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)

*grin*

Posted by: simmone howell (simmone)
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)

oh shakey, my hero!
have a look at john marsden's 'hamlet' - it's just come out here now - will no doubt hit the states somewhere down the track ...

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)

Heard of, haven't seen/read yet...

Hey, did you see previous post re: Gatsby? Chime in!

Posted by: barbarah.wordpress.com (ext_119825)
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)

That's one of the most romantic things ever written!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)

It's lovely, and it's twisted, as Hamlet was.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Near rhyme?

The "move/love" rhyme is interesting isn't it? On paper it looks like a rhyme, but when it's said aloud isn't. Yet, it was written to be performed. I wonder what the pronunciation was back in Shakespeare's time. Of course, the slightly off feeling the discrepancy creates is perfect for Hamlet.

-John Mutford

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Near rhyme?

I appreciate the fact that it doesn't rhyme, certainly. I dislike it when rhymes are forced. So many "mainstream" songs nowadays do that, and it bothers me! "Me" should not be sung/said as "may" so that it rhymes with other words! :)

Posted by: kellyrfineman (kellyrfineman)
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Near rhyme?
Shakespeare

It was probably precise rhyme at the time it was written. By Victorian times, it became customary to ape Shakespeare and put "move/love" into a poem for the visual rhyme, even though they didn't rhyme when spoken. But in Shakespeare's time, they were both closer to the word "drove", and they rhymed.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Near rhyme?

You rock.

Posted by: kellyrfineman (kellyrfineman)
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)

*happy sigh*

Lovely verses. I heart Hamlet.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)

Ditto.

13 Read Comments