POETRY IS LIKE TAKING A DEEP BREATH

Saturday, 3 September 2011

NOW THE HUNGRY LION ROARS





Now the hungry lion roars, 
And the wolf behowls the moon;
Whilst the heavy ploughman snores,
All with weary task fordone.
Now the wasted brands do glow,
Whilst the screech-owl, screeching loud,
Puts the wretch that lies in woe
In remembrance of a shroud.
Now it is the time of night
That the graves all gaping wide,
Every one lets forth his sprite, 
In the church-way paths to glide:
And we fairies, that do run
By the triple Hecate's team,
From the presence of the sun,
Following darkness like a dream, 
Now are frolic: not a mouse
Shall disturb this hallow'd house:
I am sent with broom before,
To sweep the dust behind the door.


William Shakespeare




There is a tawny owl living in a hollow in the horse chestnut tree in the garden. In autumn, the female's kew-wick  sounds for hours each evening and late into the night. As I type Puck's monologue from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' I hear her calling.

The call of the tawny owl sounds like 'komm mit' (come with)  in German and is said to presage a death. 


7 comments:

  1. Rich post!


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  2. I love Shakespeare more than I love chocolate. And that's saying something.

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  3. I adored this post. Owls are my favorite animal, the verse was just perfect and the fact that you could hear the call as you were typing it just fills me with delight.

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  4. "Following darkness like a dream"

    Beautiful.

    I so look forward to the poems you select.

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  5. WOW!!! That is an astonishing photo!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for coming to visit me today! I love poetry myself and just this year, started to read MORE of it and even changed the way I write for my blog. Magnificent choice by my favorite here....

    Do come again! Anita

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  6. I wish every one could let forth his sprite.
    Not that I could ever argue with the Bard. ~Mary

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  7. I had not read this before ... I do indeed love Mr. Owl.

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