Hamlet’s Soul

Michael Peach

A source of Hamlet’s melancholic state
Is tension ‘tween his reason and intuition:
Whereas the latter sees potential fate,
The former’s bound to logical cognition.
Even before he meets his father’s ghost,
Regarding that tragic death he feels foul play;
And yet, despite such confirmation, the most
He does is contemplate, and thus delay.
No wonder, therefore, given his situation,
He’s racked with anger, sadness and despair –
Though, thanks to rational imagination,
To flee this mortal life he doesn’t dare.
++He acts, at last, when his prophetic Soul
++ Reveals Divinity directs his goal.

Ramat Gan
26 January 2024

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