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Finishing the Shakespeare poems

And no, I'm not talking about the many poems written by William Shakespeare. I'm talking about my own YA poetry collection, which I am now calling The Lady Doth Protest, and which has taken a few years to get right. Turns out, though, that it's not quite done, and that the poem I had to close the collection has to go. Which means I have to write (yet) another poem for Miranda, from The Tempest.

All the other poems are written in formal poetry, but I think I'm going to embrace Miranda's sentiment about it being a "brave new world" and break ranks for this one.

Quoth Miranda in The Tempest, Act V, scene 1:

O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world
That has such people in 't!

(And yes, that is where Aldous Huxley ganked the title for one of his most famous works.)

Here's hoping this will be the ending that lets this collection spread its wings and fly. (There's a bit more detail about it in my "next big thing" blog post from a couple months back, if you're interested.)

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May. 21st, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
May. 20th, 2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
tanita says:
Congratulations. You chose a complex and difficult subject matter, but I'm sure the challenge will be worth it in the end.
May. 21st, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
Re: tanita says:
I really love the collection. And have found a start to this new poem, which is something to celebrate. Still have to work out its rules, though.
May. 21st, 2013 03:43 am (UTC)
Brave New World
(was written by Aldous Huxley...)

Love what you're doing!

May. 21st, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Brave New World
I am a bit absentminded. Because, of course, I knew that. And 1984, which is similar in some ways, doesn't pick up on the rest of the line the way that Huxley's piece does - the examination of "such people" in particular, and the caste system they put in place.
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