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Poetry Friday: Act IV, Scene 5 of Hamlet by William Shakespeare

June 19th, 2009 (07:14 am)
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OPHELIA
There's rosemary, that's for remembrance;
pray, love, remember:
and there is pansies. That's for thoughts.

LAERTES
A document in madness, thoughts and remembrance fitted.

OPHELIA
There's fennel for you, and columbines:
there's rue for you; and here's some for me:
we may call it herb-grace o' Sundays:
O you must wear your rue with a difference.
There's a daisy: I would give you some violets, but they withered all when my father died:
they say he made a good end --
(sung) For bonny sweet Robin is all my joy.

- from Act IV, Scene 5 of Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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Posted by: kellyrfineman (kellyrfineman)
Posted at: June 19th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
to be or not to be

I think you'll like this article on the meaning of Ophelia's statements, in flowers.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 19th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)

Very nice. Thank you!

Posted by: Jama Rattigan (jamarattigan)
Posted at: June 19th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)

Love all the flower references!! Tres sweet!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 19th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)

Flowers: beautiful, but not everlasting, delicate but full of life.

Posted by: mlyearofreading (mlyearofreading)
Posted at: June 19th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)

Thanks for Ophelia, and thanks, Kelly, for the article that showed me that what seems like a sweet girl and flowers is actually One Tough Cookie and an act of subversion!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 19th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)

She definitely is. Hamlet and Ophelia are two of my all-time favorite Shakespearian characters.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 20th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)

Have you ever heard of a singer named Alisa Carroll? She might be from Nashville, in fact. Anyway, she released this CD a good while ago, called "Then & Now," and there's a GREAT song on there about Ophelia.

Jules
7-Imp

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 20th, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)

I'll have to look up that song and artist! Thanks for the tip. :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 21st, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Hamlet

There is an old YA you would like: Something Rotten in the State of Maryland by Laura Sonnenmark about a teen who rewrites Hamlet and produces the resulting play.

CLM

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 21st, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Hamlet

I'll have to check that out. Thanks!

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