Ophelia's Hamlet's True Love So It Seems
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2443 Monday, 29 December 2003
From: Clifford Stetner <
Date: Sunday, 28 Dec 2003 02:27:01 -0500
Subject: 14.2390 Ophelia's Hamlet's True Love So It Seems
Comment: Re: SHK 14.2390 Ophelia's Hamlet's True Love So It Seems
>> Ophelia's Hamlet's true love so it seems
>> Though love is doomed by ponderous demands
>> "Obeyed" most swiftly in successive scenes
>> Two summonses to seal two deadly hands
>> We enter on love's after-death decreed
>> By Denmark's principalities and powers
>> But every utterance suggests love's seed
>> Was sown before those om'nous opening hours
>> Poor Howard was all wrong re: Hamlet's love
>> He wondered if the Prince loved anyone
>> Well if Horatio was not enough
>> Add in Ophelia before Act One
>> In any case this is my pleasant dream
>> As I row down a star-crossed lovers stream
>> -- Stephen C. Rose
If Hamlet love Ophelia in thy dreams,
She loves him all too wisely but not well,
And if a bit particular it seems,
He damn her with dissemblers to hell,
Or to a nunnery, 'tis not amiss.
All Elsinore's a stage and all its troop
Still bait his trap with each embrace and kiss
And only but to conquer to him stoop.
'Tis quite enough to drive a jester mad
Or make the very ink weep off the page
To look upon the friends we think we have
As unconvincing actors on a stage.
Though, as a madman, he must play his role,
A nunnery yet might have saved her soul.
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