Saturday, April 5, 2008
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.
NOTE: FOR ALL LITERATURE LOVERS
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].