Monday, April 19, 2010

To do list - find some colour

Cupcake photo is from here :)


What ho! Thunder and lightning raging about outside my window, angry volcano in Iceland and 'civil strife' in Thailand - this calls for this thoroughly appropriate extract from Julius Caesar (see below). I've always liked the rhythm of the polysyndeton: "and I have seen/The ambitious ocean swell and rage and foam/To be exalted with the threatening clouds".

Are you not moved, when all the sway of earth
Shakes like a thing infirm? O Cicero,
I have seen tempests, when the scolding winds
Have rived the knotty oaks, and I have seen
The ambitious ocean swell and rage and foam,
To be exalted with the threatening clouds;
But never till tonight, never till now,
Did I go through a tempest dropping fire.
Either there is a civil strife in heaven,
Or else the world, too saucy with the gods,
Incenses them to send destruction.

-- Julius Caesar

Act I Sc III


Shakespeare's good for every season - the ides of March are past and now, the darling buds of May? :)