Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Magpie 47


Rosse: "I have words that should be howl'd out in the desert air. And the main part pertains to you alone."
Macduff: "If it be mine; keep it not from me. Quickly let me have it."
Rosse: "Your castle is surprised; your wife and babes savagely slaughter'd."
[A pause; Macduff says nothing.]
Malcolm: "Merciful heaven! What, man, give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak whispers the oer-fraught heart, and bids it break."
Macduff: "My children too?"
Rosse: "Wife, children, servants -- all."
Malcolm: "Let's make us med'cine of our great revenge."
Macduff: "He has no children. All my pretty ones? Did you say all? O, hell-kite! All? What, all my pretty chickens, and their dam?"
Malcolm: "Dispute it like a man."
Macduff: "I shall do so, but I must also feel it as a man! Did heaven look on, and would not take their part?"
Malcolm: "Be this the whetstone of your sword; let grief convert to anger."
Macduff: "Front to front, bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself; within my sword's length set him!"

29 comments:

lightverse said...

What a clever, brilliant take on the prompt! O hell-kite, that was good!

Rinkly Rimes said...

You transformed the prompt into an elegy with a wonderful quote.

Berowne said...

Thanks, lightverse and Rinkly, for such enthusiastic comments.

uma.a said...

Nice Magpie!

Paul C said...

I always wondered what a whetstone looks like. This is one of the most powerful pieces of script in Shakespeare.

gautami tripathy said...

Beautiful...

Here is my magpie:
a wheel barrow

Jinksy said...

I can see how multiple slaughter fits this image!

kaykuala said...

The castle was sacked, inhabitants slaughtered, chickens and all. Grief succumbed to anger. I see how it works. Great Magpie!

Reflections said...

Such a distinct anger, carried from this piece, to pierce the hearts so savagely. Love how you are able to create a Shakespearean response to all prompts.

ninotaziz said...

Dear Berowne,

Ahh, this is a surprise - to take us to Macbeth's tragedy - the killing of the wrong father and the wrong babes.

I have just started a shelf on Shakespeare at home, after my Malaysiana, children's books/classics and Home decor collection. I don't know know why I never embarked on this before.

Cheers!

Strummed Words said...

The black darkness of that image makes me think of death too. Very nice.

I Cannot Write

kathew said...

great take on the sulpture...excellent!

signed...bkm said...

Brillant take on this sculpture...Ah, Scotland...Ah, MacBeth...bkm

Berowne said...

What a fantastic collection of comments! bkm: "Brilliant Take" kathew: "Excellent!" kaykuala: "Great Magpie!" gautami: "Beautiful"
My sincere thanks to all.

Everyday Goddess said...

Powerful! And I'm definitely adopting the O, hell-kite for use.

Tess Kincaid said...

Only you could deduct Macbeth here, Mr. B. Well done.

Berowne said...

Here's to Tess, who has left the busy d'Urbervilles to come make a comment in my blog -- thanks!

Berowne said...

Everyday : "Powerful! And I'm definitely adopting the O, hell-kite for use."
Yes, I can see where the phrase might come in handy for a number of occasions. :-)

Southwest Arkie said...

Strong and dark response, love your take.

Nanka said...

I can see "multiple slaughter" and a "whetstone" as your interpretations here and a unique take of the prompt, a modern art well put in Shakespearean era :)

Mary said...

That's a great twist on the Magpie! I saw violence there too...but who can express it as well as S? Thanks for the comment on mine as well. You know, the more I look at it the more it looks someone being choked.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

uh huh hah! a mysterious take on words for a mystrious object....the words fit the whatever it is!

Margaret Bednar said...

hmm. I, too, saw more violence and grief in this "modern sculpture". And yes, revenge. I wonder if Tess will ever spill the beans? (that is if it is actually something she found in an antique store). Nice job.

girldaydreaming said...

The way you have written this, places me, the reader, the audience member, right there at the foot of the conversation. I feel like I am in their presence, looking on and am eager to find out what's next...

Mrs.Trellis said...

A blood thirsty wiew...

faith said...

This image made me want to howl in the desert air as well. :)

Lucy Westenra said...

Did you see the prompt as a symbolic sharpening stone? Very interested to hear how you linked the prompt to this scene from Macbeth.
P.S. The iambic pentameters that were good enough for WS are good enough for me. So much "modern"poetry admits of no rhythm at all.

Berowne said...

Lucy W.: "Very interested to hear how you linked the prompt to this scene from Macbeth."
As I viewed the prompt, this famous scene appeared immediately in my mind's eye.

Kavita said...

Now that was a supremely unique take on the Magpie!! And it was thoroughly amazing!!
Aaahhh--- vengeance! The mother of all evil!!!!

 
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