Pretty early in the first long scene iii. I prithee speak to me as to thy thinkings, As thou dost ruminate, and give thy worst of thoughts The worst of words.
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Anybody includes himself, but at the same time, through an indirect suggestion, hints at Desdemona, whose pure breast may not be what it claims to be: Good my lord, pardon me; Though I am bound to every act of duty I am not bound to that all slaves are free to — Utter my thoughts? Why, say they are vile and false? Who has a breast so pure But some uncleanly apprehensions Keep leets and law-days and in session sit With meditations lawful? The verb to intrude suggests the creeping of repellent animals into cellars or dungeons.
A second, court of law, image follows to show the inner trial which takes place in any breast, even the supposedly pure, when the unclean apprehension clashes with the lawful meditation. He is impudently drawing a faithful self-portrait, as of a person hiding unavowable sins, a portrait which, in his next speech, he soon qualifies as that of a person whose excessive zeal goes haunting human vices even where they are not: Why is he taking the risk of exposing himself? His intention is clearly that of putting the stress on foul , unclean , and abuse , the words for the vices of which Desdemona must be found guilty, and to name for the first time in a displaced sense that of zeal, the puritan attitude that denounced any kind of abuse the key word jealousy , which Othello is called to elaborate on.
And this is what Iago soon arranges. He pretends to go away and thus leaves the Moor to think on his own. And to the same effect other images worked out by Iago have contributed, as can be seen in the following lines: But there where I have garnered up my heart, Where either I must live, or bear no life, The fountain from the which my current runs Or else dries up — to be discarded thence! Or keep it as a cistern for foul toads To knot and gender in! Far from even keeping a corner in it, he now regards it as a place only fit for toads , Desdemona and her lover knotting in the dark water.
To his mind the sublime Desdemona has become a thing , a dungeon , a cistern , all of them metaphors for the vagina, caught as he is in a hectic crowd of sexual images. To reach this point, he has had to undergo an utter fragmentation of his conscience. Iago has insisted that he should think: Iago soon provides him with the object of thinking: What has Cassio said? As usual, Iago works on reticence.
Othello, of course, knows that Lie has a double meaning — to couch and to tell lies — and tries for a moment to disentangle the sense. But he soon suffers from a hallucination which forbids his discourse to flow any longer and, before swooning, he disintegrates his usually hyperbolic verse into a broken prose: We say lie on her when they belie her! First to be hanged, and then to confess: I tremble at it. Nature would not invest herself in such shadowing passion without some instruction.
It is not words that shakes me thus. Noses, ears, and lips. But which passion is he speaking of? Possibly both within his distraught mind. But who is the instructor?
While I was writing this poem, it seemed the more I got onto the page, the better I felt. At this point, several images are deployed and overlapped in convulsive lines: The visit was planned a year ago and a lot of dedication went into being able to get the Poetry in Action team here for students to enjoy. In his coherence and honesty, and most of all — as we shall see — in his unselfishness, he strongly refuses any charge of inconsistency and instrumental expediency. The great scenes of his temptation are a triumph of indirectness over directness, of simulacra over signs, of the imaginaire over the real. Resources for poetry in motion Time Traveler! Yeggs, jackrollers, footpads, and more.
But he disowns this correct hint: By this denial — an extreme refusal to acknowledge an external agent for his turmoil — he confirms his passion as the result of his own discovery of the betrayal. And then he loses all trace of self-control: Elocution and inelocution plunge into the abyss where language is denied. I will now turn to the Sonnets , whose poetry, while belonging to the lyrical genre, is still essentially dramatic and circumstantial.
The poet always refers to somebody the fair youth, the dark lady, Time itself in the immortality sonnets, etc. I shall concentrate on the last sonnets of the sequence to the fair friend numbers With the exclusion of sonnet , these poems constitute, in my opinion, an interrelated microsequence which adds to the meaning of each one. No, Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change! Thy pyramids built up with newer might To me are nothing novel, nothing strange; They are but dressings of a former sight. Our dates are brief, and therefore we admire What thou dost foist upon us that is old, And rather make them born to our desire Than think that we before have heard them told.
Thy registers and thee I both defy, Not wondering at the present nor the past; For thy records and what we see doth lie, Made more or less by thy continual haste. This I do vow, and this shall ever be: I will be true despite thy scythe and thee. In this sonnet, instead, the poet affirms his own immutability in a great challenge to Time, while not aspiring however to immortality: Behind Time it is possible to infer the presence of other addressees: In his coherence and honesty, and most of all — as we shall see — in his unselfishness, he strongly refuses any charge of inconsistency and instrumental expediency.
False, on the contrary, is Time in its institutional mutability; and false are those who lay traps on the poet.
Before examining the following two pieces, and , it seems convenient to look at sonnet , a poem dealing in general terms with the problem of private morality and the way it is publicly regarded through distortions and malign projections: Or on my frailties why are frailer spies, Which in their wills count bad what I think good? A nonfiction narrative that takes you on a trip through the Slam Poetry phenomenon, following New York City's novice team on its journey to join over spoken word artists on 27 city teams at the National Poetry Slam in Portland, Oregon.
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