Shakespeare (2)

Michael Peach

Antipodean views of reality
Within a harsh, authoritarian state
Encouraged him to feed dialectically
Rather than serve his creed upon a plate.
Thus used he negative capability,
Ascribed by Keats to the chameleon poet,
Not to pay homage to relativity
But to reveal the light and hence bestow it.
If he were here, I feel he’d write a play
About our own dark fundamentalists
And those that praise the humanistic way
Yet in their acts are blind amoralists.
++So Will, who chose in practice not to preach,
++Again through tragic drama right would teach.

9 November 2004

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