Although to make of situations sense
The fitting faculty must take command,
Will knew of wholeness one should not dispense
When serving a dramatic scene’s demand.
Thus, like the archetypes that in us rule,
Each character both light and dark betrays –
Not least the ever empathetic fool,
Who maybe most the Bard’s own soul portrays.
Besides, within each play itself are found
All moods and functions of the human mind:
By means of his integrity profound
The individual humours are combined.
And yet, in showing us his subjects’ deeds,
He helps us to discern the flowers from weeds.
10 November 2005