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Abha Sharma


SHAKESPEARE’S TRAGIC FLAW....... [A literary Treat]

‘POETICS’ concocted with decent science
When ARISTOTLE the noble treatise design,

Brooded the BARD with ionic pen
Borrowed the flaws from Poetic’s den,

Undulating HAMLET stammered the verse
‘To be or not to be’ became Denmark’s curse,

Arrogant LEAR donated British crown
Stormed by sinners, with Kent and his clown,

MACBETH’S foul, the fair ambition abide
The prophetic witches cajoled the Scotland’s pride,

OTHELLO’S suspicion awakened death
His jealously fetched, virtuous Venice’s wrath

Medical metaphor purgated the tear
Abducted the emotion of PITY and FEAR

The TRAGIC FLAW cathartically connived
Endowed the ‘vent’ for passionate Mankind.

Aristotle in his ‘POETICS’ [the scientific study of poetry] mentioned about the tragic flaws and Hammartia. The tragedy in life is not the result of any outside evil but due to that one negative trait of the protagonist. Humans need a vent; the tragedy is to arouse the emotions of pity and fear in the way to affect catharsis.
The four major Shakespearean tragic plays are based on four different flaws; Hamlet was inconsistent, King Lear too arrogant, Macbeth highly ambitious and Othello jealous [suspicious].

Submitted: Saturday, April 05, 2008
Edited: Saturday, April 05, 2008

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  • Nkululeko Mdudu (5/28/2008 4:21:00 AM)

    Indeed this was a literary treat! I've always found poetry in science and science in poetry, whether in theatre or in lab, one must not fall short of the true flaw: to be human. Wondwerfully written beyond my expectations; even shakespeare would be proud! (Report) Reply

  • Rema Prasanna (5/22/2008 2:40:00 AM)

    A powerful work, intense, deep, the whole lot of hypothesis humans can’t find in, complicated collection of Shakespearian tragedy, Abha, you handled well on a designer comfort, all those characters a visual treat in conceptual schemes, perfect for a 10. (Report) Reply

  • Paolo Giuseppe Mazzarello (5/6/2008 2:29:00 PM)

    Hamlet is consistent when it's a question of wasting something or somebody, except his stepfather. King Lear lives the tragedy of the incompetent authority in an old, he's an unrealistic incapable. Macbeth has got his double in his wife and without her he's not able to do anything, to commit suicide either. Instead Othello is able to commit suicide, homicide, to revenge a terribly deep interior wound. (Report) Reply

  • Leonard Daranjo (5/4/2008 3:49:00 AM)

    You have captured the quintessence of four of the great bard's major plays with incredible succinctness and erudition. You have ripped through the externals to get to the kernal.

    Take care (Report) Reply

  • Sonny Rainshine (4/27/2008 6:58:00 AM)

    Nice poem-both entertaining and educational. I have a friend who has read everything Shakespeare ever wrote, often reading the plays and sonnets multiple times. I'll direct him to your poem. He'll find it delightful. He is working on a theory (shared by many Shakespeare scholars) that Shakespeare did not write the plays, because he simply did not have the educational background to compose such language. (Report) Reply

  • helena dombrowski (4/22/2008 5:13:00 PM)

    hmmmmm...... well not sure, i never read shakespear so dont know what to say.....

    ----*over and out, the devilz work is done*------------- (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar (4/20/2008 12:22:00 AM)

    Intelligently woven poem.I remember one scholar saying, Brevity is the soul of wit.You have synchronized Poetics and Shakespearean Concept of Tragedy in a short poem.Great combination of words to perform this Miracle.The whole concept of Tragedy can be under stood by this poem.

    Great experience.


    Anil Kumar (Report) Reply

  • Alison Cassidy (4/19/2008 8:35:00 PM)

    Abha, this is brilliant - what a clever premise on which to build a poem and what wit and masterful penning is the result. As one for whom the Bard's words are embedded in mind and heart, who has played the roles of Ophelia, Desdemona, and lady Macbeth (sadly I never got to play Cordelia) I applaud you in this original and wittily conceived poem. love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

  • Thad Wilk (4/19/2008 3:43:00 PM)

    A potent and brilliant write Abha! ! I agree with your note at bottom totally! ! *10*! !
    Great read! !
    Best regards! Friend Thad (Report) Reply

  • Andrew mark Wilkinson (4/19/2008 6:23:00 AM)

    My eyes spotted the name right away, what a treat it is too, my first poem read of yours too, I give it 10 out of 10... Andrew (Report) Reply

  • David Desantis (4/17/2008 12:17:00 PM)

    You clearly have an amazing command of literature. The great thing about this poem is that there are so many references that flow together so nicely, that not only do you get a great mental picture, you also can really appreciate the flow. That is often hard to do...excellent job as always. (Report) Reply

  • Usha Pisharody (4/9/2008 7:45:00 AM)

    Let me see if I can reconstruct :) and do excuse this attempt, as I am starting anew :)

    Well. if I had wanted to direct a learner to a crash course in Shakespearean Tragedy, which was poetically delivered, succinct and comprehensive, all the elements of the flaw in place, this is what it would be!
    Am amazed at the way you have compressed, after identifying, and relating to the insight of Aristotle, each of those characteristics that, in brevity deliver eloquence!
    Brilliant! (Report) Reply

  • Dr.subhendu Kar (4/8/2008 4:08:00 PM)

    what a poetic glaze
    splashes the the words of wisdom
    life yet roll and rills by the flaws
    all when wrought by the noble thoughts, , , , , , , , , , , , , ecstatically erudite, yet a glow of scholastic vision, fantastically versed, well penned,10+, thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Subbaraman N V (4/8/2008 3:40:00 AM)

    Many in the society-fortunate or unfortunate, right or wrong -prove to be a mix of Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and Lear! -All the flaws of Shakespeare rolled into a human being! A real life experience! From a philosophic angle! Not as a student of Shakespeare! (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (4/5/2008 6:36:00 PM)

    The rim of your poetic chalice doth rise high, and over its threshold, of pour, young lady! Philosophy, so mercurial...yet you disect the complex lexicon, and serve us with digestable interp.Adroit, and astute penning, Abha. As far as your authors note in your allusion to the great Aristotle, i concur with both you and Jim. Pathosity, in general will eventually jog long as desire & faith be its primary vehicles.

    ~ FjR~
    ..2008.. (Report) Reply

  • Greenwolfe 1962 (4/5/2008 3:33:00 PM)

    I was interested in your comment after your verse.
    It was a comment with which I agree. I would like to recommend
    a particular poem that I have listed. It is called, 'The Black Things'
    and it goes directly to your point. I hope you enjoy it. Tell me what
    you think.

    Greenwolfe 1962 (Report) Reply

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