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Butchering the Tempest

February 20, 2005

The Tempest

Woah baby big ass storm is on the way
Bunch of dudes wand'ring around an island
Thy art art smart and strong and stuff, master
of island festivities Prospero
is in the house! with Spirit Ariel
and bringing up the rear mixing it up.
to my delight.
only it's kind of dull,
I mean, for Shakespearean entertainment,
it's kind of a let down, shake down and I'm mad
but lo I cannot complain anymore
for the rhythm sures put mine to shame. Sigh.


This is getting out of hand. I guess I just can't think of anything nice to say about The Tempest I mean, I guess I don't hate it or anything, Oh! You know what? I do have a nice thought:

This line inspired me:

"Were I in England now, as once I was, and had but this fish painted, not a holiday fool there but would give a piece of silver: there would this monster make a man; any strange beast there makes a man: when they will not give a doit to relieve a lame begger, they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian" (The Tempest, Act II, Scene II lines 28 - 34). I think this line is a nice reflection of the outer culture during Shakespeare's time: it's chilling! But it's inspiring because hey, people have always been crappy even during Shakespeare's time! So don't worry about it! I like that.

Oh, and I had a question:

There's a line: "She lov'd not the savour of tar nor of pitch," (followed closely by "Yet a tailor might scratch her where'er she did itch.") that I'm curious about: What the heck does that mean? I mean, I know what tar is and pitch is a simliar substance and could also be taken as a euphemism for an erection, and I'm certain that this is a dirty Shakespeare joke (or I just have a really dirty mind), but I don't really -get- the joke. Suggestions?

Moira at 07:11 PM :: Comments (3) :: « :: »
Comments:

I did not think “The Tempest” was so bad
Although I really am not one to compare
For I have not read much by Shakespeare yet.
I can agree though it was not the best
Story for it seemed rather dull at times.
No fighting! Not even a death I had
Come to expect from his works I have read.
I suppose it was his good-bye to us-
Shakespeare’s final work- the play “The Tempest”.

Posted by: Nessa at February 20, 2005 11:10 PM

Woah.. stripey design.

Stephano is singing a sailor song, about "Kate" who was mouthy and rejected the advances of sailors... The old leaky boats were covered with tar and pitch (apparently a black, sticky substance) to keep them from sinking. I'm assuming that the stuff left a residue on the sailors, which Kate saw as undesirable marks. But Kate does seem to yield to the advances of the tailor, whose respectable craft makes him attractive to Kate.

As for dirty jokes, Shakespeare is full of 'em -- no doubt of that.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at February 22, 2005 12:49 PM

okay, that's about the conclusion that I came to for that... thanks! ;c)

Posted by: moira at February 22, 2005 02:46 PM
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