sexta-feira, novembro 20, 2015

Shakespeare and I: "What do the Bard, The Police, and Emily Brönte have in common?"


One of the most hilarious factors about “A Midsummer Night's Dream” is the sheer chaos ensuing during and because of the 'Opening of the Eyes'.

I'd like to think that what I wrote below is Shakespeare's version of a jab at 'Love at First Sight.' Therefore, despite my believing the phenomenon, I've taken a satirical dig at it in the form of poetry:

The light is deafening,
The silence too bright.
Their gazes lead to the other;
And she thinks 'this might
Be it.' He was a veiled game,
And little did she know,
Like an ornate curtain,
He hid more than he showed.
And her mind was a labyrinth
Not many could navigate.
The entry was guarded,
But her eyes were the bait.
These disloyal gates
To a soul that's ever woken.
But how do you stop the flood
When the dam is already broken?
For there's more to it
Than his blue orbs, my love,
There's more to it than
Her fluttering lashes above.
For they may be gleaming
And they may hold her world;
But how can you tell her
That his soul's unfurled?
The truth behind his smile,
The reason to his love.
That this love won't leave her wounded
That it isn't bereft of
The truest affection
And truer care.
So you tell the truth and
Let Cupid show you how to dare.

This reminded me of the Police song, "Every Breath You Take." Sting has long said that the song is consistently misinterpreted (duh!) and is essentially about someone in the grips of jealousy and the need to control (a stalker). I think in some ways he feels badly for creating a monster which has taken on a romantic pop culture life divorced from the 'real' meaning of the song. He wrote the song "If you love someone set them free" in response to his own song. Is it blasphemous to wonder if Shakespeare didn't feel a bit of the same thing? He'd written a beautiful play, but one in which he thought his audience would recognize the beauty of young love AND all the levels of rash foolishness within it as well- and the audience just lapped up the love story (we don't know how it was initially received of course, but going on more modern reactions...) and then wrote “A Midsummer Night's Dream” to parody and highlight the aspects of the earlier play his audience had missed? Is "Every breath you take" the modern "Romeo and Juliet?"

Some of the comments I see about “A Midsummer Night's Dream” sometimes make me think some people are reading this play as if it were written by Emily Bronte in the middle of the nineteenth century.  I'm surprised Heathcliff hasn't shown up at the end of a noose in some of the scenes… 

2 comentários:

Book Stooge disse...

" I'm surprised Heathcliff hasn't shown up at the end of a noose in some of the scenes"

That made me laugh out loud!

Manuel Antão disse...

he eh eh. Picturing the image it's a laugh!