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When I was at school I studied Shakespeare, Elizabethan legendary bard, That famous literary pioneer, Still held by admirers in high regard. Elizabethan legendary bard, His tragedies would move good folk to tears, Still held by admirers in high regard, His comedies would be greeted with cheers. His tragedies would move good folk to tears, His characters emotionally scarred, His comedies would be greeted with cheers, Though catcalls might well greets a scene that jarred. His characters emotionally scarred, And here I must make mention of King Lear, Though catcalls might well greet a scene that jarred, Applause for the mad king would be sincere. And here I must make mention of King Lear, Thinking himself from love and kindness barred, Applause for the mad king would be sincere, An old man dealt a tragic tarot card. Thinking himself from love and kindness barred, A man feeling cast out from all held dear, An old man dealt a tragic tarot card, Living in a nightmarish atmosphere. A man feeling cast out from all held dear, Macbeth, too, was hoist with his own petard, Living in a nightmarish atmosphere, Driven by greed calculating and hard. Macbeth, too, was hoist with his own petard, And Richard III did not himself endear, Driven by greed calculating and hard, Depicted hunchbacked, with an evil sneer. And Richard III did not himself endear, Perhaps Shakespeare's most detested blackguard, Depicted hunchbacked, with an evil sneer, Notably as a child murderer tarred. Perhaps Shakespeare's most detested blackguard: That famous literary pioneer Would sometimes write as though with a piercing shard - When I was at school I studied Shakespeare. July 30 2020 "Strand New 15" Brian Strand

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Date: 8/3/2020 7:27:00 AM
This tale worked so well in the pantoum form. What a nice flow of Shakespearean telling. Congrats on your win.
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Beth Evans
Date: 8/3/2020 6:07:00 PM
Thanks very much, Jeanne.
Date: 8/2/2020 12:33:00 AM
I have often wondered how men in classics especially in Shakespeare's tales have been portrayed vaguely when there was much behind those layers. Loved your take on this Beth. Congratulations on your win!
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Beth Evans
Date: 8/2/2020 3:14:00 AM
Thanks, Aditi - obviously Richard III has had quite a makeover. I suppose plays are limited in what they can convey. "Macbeth" was actually based on a bloke called "Thorfinn," which I guess isn't very catchy!
Date: 7/31/2020 11:08:00 PM
Beth, remarkable for the amount of Shakespeare references you were able to include, and for doing it all with only two rhymes. I'm impressed! Enjoyed your pantoum very much, and I congratulate your #1 win ~ John
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Beth Evans
Date: 8/1/2020 2:24:00 AM
Thanks very much, John, yes, somehow I managed to cobble it together - so easy to get sidetracked with this form.
Date: 7/29/2020 10:08:00 PM
...ah yes two high school heroes the english teacher fostered....edgar (allen poe) and william (shakespeare)..... fantastico!!!.....stan sand
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Beth Evans
Date: 7/30/2020 2:29:00 AM
Thanks, stan - not so much of Poe where I was!