I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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23 April 2016

Saving the Bard

(If you could save only one of Shakespeare’s works…?)

Could I save only one sonnet –
‘Marriage of true minds’ would it be
or the sweet, ‘Shall I compare thee’?
Well, if I am really honest,
I’d choose both. You can bet on it.

The same for the plays, I expect.
Which? Romeo and Juliet,
Hamlet, the Merchant of Venice,
King Lear, Macbeth or The Tempest?
Save one, and all others regret!

At 'imaginary garden with real toads' we are invited to Tip Our Hats to the Bard – and the question in my subtitle is posed. 

At dVerse we are asked to try the Décima form. 

I decided to combine both. Result: a most un-Shakespearian example of doggerel! (Occupational hazard of doing the April 'poem a day' thing.)


  1. Shakespeare has left us a minefield of gems... What to choose... what to choose...Love the quandry effect...

  2. I could not choose, myself. Though one sonnet, I'd take "Let me not...", one play, Macbeth, one character, Hamlet, one line, "the...dog will have his day".

    Thanks for this light-hearted tip of the hat.

  3. There are so many to put a finger on to choose. It is sacrilege to pick one from the other. You said it right Rosemary!


  4. Gayle Walters Rose23 April 2016 at 23:40

    Truly it would be almost impossible to choose a single favorite, Rosemary. I love how you incorporated one prompt into the other...thank you for giving the decima a try and doing a wonderful job.

  5. Oh yes, there are simply so many gems to choose from :D love your response to the prompt. Beautifully executed.

    Lots of love,

  6. Haha! I would save a comedy, probably As You Like It, as it has the best lines ever about poetry. And they go to the heart of "Real Toads":

    "Sweet are the uses of adversity,
    Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
    Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
    And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
    Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
    Sermons in stones, and good in every thing."

    Act 2, scene 1, 12–17

    1. Oh, well chosen, Susan! I didn't manage to fit As You Like It into the decima but it is one of my favourites, which I have loved since I was a schoolgirl. Great quote, too.

  7. Oh I could never ever choose... especially since I think you never know what poem or play would touch your heart tomorrow..

  8. I agree with everyone here. It's too hard to pick from such a vast collection of genius art.

  9. My view exactly--very charming--thanks, Rosemary! k.

  10. Great voice in this, Rosemary!

  11. If you could save just one?? Too hard to imagine! Skillfully written my friend!

  12. And a great bit of "unshakesperean doggerel" it is! Loved this piece.

  13. The 'occupational hazard' is working well for you....loved this mashup of prompts :-)

  14. glad we don't have to choose. love what you've written!

  15. A difficult choice. But memory will pick for you what it decides to keep, I find.

  16. Nice, nice... and I don't think I can live without A Midsummer Night's Dream either.

  17. Hamlet. I'm all about a revenge-fantasy gone awry.

    Loved this poem!


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