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A Sonnet for the Winter’s Tale

Shakespeare, thou hast left me,

With an empty abyss of thought.

How shall your next work propel thee

To challenge life’s dull plot?


No stranger to the grand castle of stone,

Nor the happy pastoral farm,

Nor men upon their mighty throne

Nor simple men free of power’s harm.


Yet your greatest feat lies not in stories plain,

But in the mystery unveiled,

Two tales apart are whole again,

Lovers and family having all prevailed.


And so the perpetuity of sadness,

Hath succumbed to a twist of gladness.

Shakespearean Sonnet

Where did skittish, sweet Time flee,

That every breath is drawn in pain?

Every syllable confuséd thee,

Yet knowledge thou did little gain.


Cruel mistress Time, that cause thine head to bow,

Harsh Contemplation evades in every way,

Desperate thou cry, “Take me now!

I cannot suffer another day.”


Nature could inspire no crueler creatures,

Than those which lurk beneath present thought.

Blank space doest taunt thy furrowed features,

Where sweet words others easily have wrought.


That effort has divined this verse,

Though not free of tears, nor of curse.

Shakespearean Line Shuffle

Here is my attempt at a dramatic scene. I took the lines from Hamlet, Twelfth Night, and the Rape of Lucrece. Enjoy!

Opens in a castle.

[Enter Polonius, Ophelia, and Viola. Discussing the madness of Hamlet.]

Polonius: “He knew me not at first; he said I

was a fishmonger: he is far gone, far gone: and

truly in my youth I suffered much extremity for

love; very near this.”

Ophelia: “Oh, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!—Oh, woe is me,

T’ have seen what I have seen, see what I see!”

Viola: “Alas, our frailty is the cause, not we!

For such as we are made of, such we be.”

[Exit stage left]

[Enter Hamlet, raving]

Hamlet: “Oh, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!

[to the audience] 

Hark you, and you too—at each ear a hearer.

The spirit that I have seen

May be the devil: and the devil hath power

To assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps

Out of my weakness and my melancholy,

As he is very potent with such spirits,

Abuses me to damn me.

[Enter Lucrece]

Yes, by heaven!

O most pernicious woman!

O villain, villain, smiling, damnèd villain!”

[Hamlet, mistaking Lucrece for Gertrude, stabs her]

[Enter Collatine and lords, including Horatio and the Clown]

Collatine: “What uncouth ill event

Hath thee befall’n?”

Lucrece: “’Mine enemy was strong, my poor self weak,

And far the weaker with so strong a fear: [indicates Hamlet]

He, he, fair lords, ’tis he,

That gives this wound to me.”

[Lucrece dies]

Lucretius: “Daughter, dear daughter,

That life was mine which thou hast here deprived.”

Collatine: “O, mine she is, do not take away

My sorrow’s interest; let no mourner say

He weeps for her, for she was only mine,

And only must be wailed by Collatine.”

Hamlet: [aside] “For this I do repent. But Heaven hath pleased it so,

To punish me with this.

[to Horatio]

O God, Horatio, what a wounded name,

Things standing thus unknown, shall live behind me!

If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart

Absent thee from felicity a while,

And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain

To tell my story.”

[Hamlet stabs himself]

Brutus: [aside] “Why is woe the cure for woe?

Do wounds help wounds, or grief help grievous deeds?”

[Exit all except Clown]

Clown: [Sings] Come away, come away death,

And in sad cypress let me be laid.

Fie away, fie away, breath,

I am slain by a fair cruel maid.

My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,

O prepare it.

My part of death no one so true

Did share it.

King Lear Soundcloud

Myself (Leah Van Dyk), Chloe Carr, Kirsten MacGillivray, and Maté Mackenzie decided to join the Soundcloud parade…

We drew straws to determine who would play each part and they are as follows (In order of appearance. Well not literally appearance… but you get the point):

King Lear: Chloe

Goneril: Kirsten

Cordelia: Maté

Regan: Leah


Twelfth Night Character Map

While reading through Twelfth Night I found myself getting mixed up on the characters and their connections. So I followed Dr. Ullyot’s advice and made a character map.

I started out with the main story line of Orsino, Olivia, and Viola/Cesario. I unintentionally made it into a triangle but it works out perfectly for representing the love triangle that forms between the three of them.

Then I added all the secondary characters (using the character outline at the beginning of the play) and wrote quick notes to remind myself of the connections.

12th Night Mind Map

Of course I could add lots of other little lines connecting everyone in a really complex spider web…but that would just confuse me all over again.