Hamlet recreated

Photo of King John’s Castle Odiham, Hampshire UK, by Englepip©


For those who are unfamiliar, Hamlet, by Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of a Prince of Denmark who, after seeing his father’s ghost, realises that his father was murdered by his uncle, who has since married his mother. He wrestles with the idea of revenge, with the mortality of man and the idea of killing a monarch, whom the Elizabethans saw as God’s representative on earth. Two of the most famous lines are ‘To be or not to be” and “The rest is silence,” both of which I have incorporated into this poem. It is a harrowing play and the part of Hamlet is extremely tense – a thought to which I have tried to draw attention here.

There is a scene on the ramparts of the castle thus the shot above.


The stage is set, the lights are up 

And as you move to centre stage

The world looks upon you.

“To be, or not to be” is no longer 

A question. You are here.

And as you move through the blocks

And  speak out your lines

Contorting your face

In response to the moment

You are for that time

A tragedy recreated,

executing the murders

Experiencing the tortured passions

Of a demented Prince.

And when you lie in the arms of Horatio

A little of you dies with the Prince:

For to recreate the passion,

The betrayal, the enigma, that is Hamlet

Marks you forever….. 

“The rest is silence”.


via Daily Prompt: Recreate