The play's about a fight in which there are
Two persons close—but clashing through themselves.
Their hopes are parallel in fear and hate.
Their ways of mind make intersections which
Bring out the horror of the parallels.
Othello, Desdemona meet in love;
But then the world, themselves, are seen in ways
So other, so opposed, a murder comes to be.
Iago is the means of bringing out
The clash within the sameness of the love
Othello, Desdemona say they have—
Announce to father, Venice and themselves.
There's smothering, because what's close
Is also so remote. Othello saw
A certain this, but not a different that.
The that inflamed him. Iago saw
The obscure incompleteness of the love
For evil looks to show its unseen might
By finding vacancy in good. It strikes.
From Hail, American Development (Definition Press)
© 1956, 1968 by Eli Siegel