Friday, December 30, 2005

A Lighter Tone?

I thought I should strike a lighter tone with a chronicle of my youngest dog's destruction. I had a poem, well a soliloquy from a play, chosen as well. Yet, what I was thinking about was just one line, not the entire soliloquy. When I read it in its entirety, I realized it was not a lighter tone at all. Also, after reading the passage, I cannot now degrade its serious nature by putting the frivolity of a dog before it. So, pardon the harsher tone, I did not intend it.


From Julius Caesar, Act III Scene I
By William Shakespeare

O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,
-Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips,
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue-
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
Shall cumber all the parts of Italy ;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.

4 comments:

Maverick said...

I guess you forgot that this was part of the battle scene in one of the Star Trek movies. So very good.

Sarabeth said...

I forgot nothing. Even the use of that line in a battle scene misses the tone of this solioquy.

Anonymous said...

Who in their right mind gets up at 5:59 A.M. to write a blog? Oh, I forgot, probably the mother of Jack.

Sarabeth said...

I should point out that I had the time stamp on Pacific time zone rather than Eastern. I was up that early, but I was not blogging.