Aesthetic Realism Online Library Poetry by Eli Siegel

Shakespeare, Compactly

Look at Hamlet

What Hamlet's father said to him,

In Hamlet's mind grew rather dim.

The lesson is: We can't obey

Unless our mind is just one way.


Self-reproof Isn't Everything

The prince soliloquizes;

His indignation rises.

And Hamlet stands reproved.

But Hamlet hasn't moved.


All about Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth, too ambitious,

Caused her husband to be vicious.

Macbeth heeding her commands,

Made his lady wash her hands.


Family Net

Romeo and Juliet

Is about a family net.

Love fares sadly by a vault.

Wasn't it the families' fault?


The Question in King Lear

All through the play this is asked by King Lear:

Could anyone tell me what is going on here?