Monday, September 14, 2009

Devise, wit; write, pen

Today I awoke with these lines from Love's Labour's Lost in my head:

"Devise, wit; write, pen; for I am for whole volumes in folio."

They come at the end of a monologue by Don Armado, one of Shakespeare's comic characters who is sometimes referred to as "the braggart". Yet even though they're the end of a comic soliloquy, they have a depth - and a sentiment - to them, that I adore.

Today, I'll hope my wit and pen come through for me. They certainly did yesterday, when I managed another 2-1/2 poems for the Jane project, all while keeping my foot firmly against the door to the back storecloset, whence the gnomes are trying to get out. I'd at least like to finish the incomplete Jane poem (related to Persuasion) before turning my attentions gnomeward.

Meanwhile, in an effort to find you a version of Don Armado's speech online, I inadvertently tripped across this sketch with Hugh Laurie as (a blond) Shakespeare and Rowan Atkinson as his editor, in which they discuss the most famous soliloquy ever written, Hamlet's "To be or not to be":

You can watch a finalist named Logan from the ESU Shakespeare Competition perform Armado's soliloquy (and two other things) here, if you're so inclined.

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