Shakespeare and Romanticism Week 5

Yesterday we explored Golding’s translation of Ovid’s image of the four ages of the world. How much we need the influence of that vision of the Golden Age! How accurate is that depiction of the Iron Age which seems to be the prevailing condition of human life on this planet… and yet we have someone like Shakespeare who looks with such intensity at the underlying causes of what makes the iron age: greed, mistrust, violence… and at the same time celebrates the extraordinary potential of the human being… if they could only find their way of connecting to this source of grace and hope:

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving, how express and admirable in action, how like an angel in apprehension, how like a god! the beauty of the world; the paragon of animals….. (Hamlet 3.2.277)…. So Golding provided a real insight into the currents of thought circulating in Shakespeare’s times… thoughts that we would do well to heed today…

And were we not astonished by the vision of a new society, a golden age of the Imagination that Coleridge, Wordsworth Shelley and the other Romantics attempted to found in the early 19th Century… despite the personal tensions and tragedies that lay beneath the lives of these great poets, their work shines out as a call, a beckoning to the extraordinary gifts of the human spirit: “In Xanadu did Kubla Khan…”/ ” O Wind/ If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”
Teach me half the gladness
That thy brain must know
Such harmonious madness
From my lips would flow
The world should listne then – as I am listening now.

  6 comments for “Shakespeare and Romanticism Week 5

  1. March 23, 2006 at 12:21 am

    I thought I’d review Michaels LJ (march 23)on the tutorial we had about Golding’s translation of Ovid’s image of the four ages of the world. Michael noted the huge contrast between the Golden age and the iron age and thought that was interesting both in relation to Shakespeares themes in Hamlet and in our everyday life in the present. Ovids image of the iron age used concepts such as ‘greed, violence and envy’ and looked at issues about laws, war, boundaries that we create for ourselves and other images that don’t leave us with much hope for our age. I can see these themes in Hamlet, such as the violence that is encounted firstly by King Hamlet being killed by his brother, aswell as the war between Norway and the Danes, well I guess in the end just about everyone is dead. We can see greed and envy in that the new king was so greedy for the land, kingdom and the queen that he was willing to kill for it.
    I found the images in Michaels LJ a helpful reminder that these issues still face us today there is a picture of war that reminds of the violence and greed that is still in the world ona big picture but these issues also happen in the small picture. No individual person is perfect. Someone said in class that as long as two people were together we were never go to get back to the golden age. I think thats kind of true but one of my beliefs is that in the future at some unknown point Jesus will return and there will be a new heaven and a new earth and that time will become the golden age again. I’m so looking forward to that…

  2. March 23, 2006 at 12:21 am

    I thought I’d review Michaels LJ (march 23)on the tutorial we had about Golding’s translation of Ovid’s image of the four ages of the world. Michael noted the huge contrast between the Golden age and the iron age and thought that was interesting both in relation to Shakespeares themes in Hamlet and in our everyday life in the present. Ovids image of the iron age used concepts such as ‘greed, violence and envy’ and looked at issues about laws, war, boundaries that we create for ourselves and other images that don’t leave us with much hope for our age. I can see these themes in Hamlet, such as the violence that is encounted firstly by King Hamlet being killed by his brother, aswell as the war between Norway and the Danes, well I guess in the end just about everyone is dead. We can see greed and envy in that the new king was so greedy for the land, kingdom and the queen that he was willing to kill for it.
    I found the images in Michaels LJ a helpful reminder that these issues still face us today there is a picture of war that reminds of the violence and greed that is still in the world ona big picture but these issues also happen in the small picture. No individual person is perfect. Someone said in class that as long as two people were together we were never go to get back to the golden age. I think thats kind of true but one of my beliefs is that in the future at some unknown point Jesus will return and there will be a new heaven and a new earth and that time will become the golden age again. I’m so looking forward to that…

  3. March 23, 2006 at 12:21 am

    I thought I’d review Michaels LJ (march 23)on the tutorial we had about Golding’s translation of Ovid’s image of the four ages of the world. Michael noted the huge contrast between the Golden age and the iron age and thought that was interesting both in relation to Shakespeares themes in Hamlet and in our everyday life in the present. Ovids image of the iron age used concepts such as ‘greed, violence and envy’ and looked at issues about laws, war, boundaries that we create for ourselves and other images that don’t leave us with much hope for our age. I can see these themes in Hamlet, such as the violence that is encounted firstly by King Hamlet being killed by his brother, aswell as the war between Norway and the Danes, well I guess in the end just about everyone is dead. We can see greed and envy in that the new king was so greedy for the land, kingdom and the queen that he was willing to kill for it.
    I found the images in Michaels LJ a helpful reminder that these issues still face us today there is a picture of war that reminds of the violence and greed that is still in the world ona big picture but these issues also happen in the small picture. No individual person is perfect. Someone said in class that as long as two people were together we were never go to get back to the golden age. I think thats kind of true but one of my beliefs is that in the future at some unknown point Jesus will return and there will be a new heaven and a new earth and that time will become the golden age again. I’m so looking forward to that…

  4. March 23, 2006 at 12:21 am

    I thought I’d review Michaels LJ (march 23)on the tutorial we had about Golding’s translation of Ovid’s image of the four ages of the world. Michael noted the huge contrast between the Golden age and the iron age and thought that was interesting both in relation to Shakespeares themes in Hamlet and in our everyday life in the present. Ovids image of the iron age used concepts such as ‘greed, violence and envy’ and looked at issues about laws, war, boundaries that we create for ourselves and other images that don’t leave us with much hope for our age. I can see these themes in Hamlet, such as the violence that is encounted firstly by King Hamlet being killed by his brother, aswell as the war between Norway and the Danes, well I guess in the end just about everyone is dead. We can see greed and envy in that the new king was so greedy for the land, kingdom and the queen that he was willing to kill for it.
    I found the images in Michaels LJ a helpful reminder that these issues still face us today there is a picture of war that reminds of the violence and greed that is still in the world ona big picture but these issues also happen in the small picture. No individual person is perfect. Someone said in class that as long as two people were together we were never go to get back to the golden age. I think thats kind of true but one of my beliefs is that in the future at some unknown point Jesus will return and there will be a new heaven and a new earth and that time will become the golden age again. I’m so looking forward to that…

  5. March 23, 2006 at 12:21 am

    I thought I’d review Michaels LJ (march 23)on the tutorial we had about Golding’s translation of Ovid’s image of the four ages of the world. Michael noted the huge contrast between the Golden age and the iron age and thought that was interesting both in relation to Shakespeares themes in Hamlet and in our everyday life in the present. Ovids image of the iron age used concepts such as ‘greed, violence and envy’ and looked at issues about laws, war, boundaries that we create for ourselves and other images that don’t leave us with much hope for our age. I can see these themes in Hamlet, such as the violence that is encounted firstly by King Hamlet being killed by his brother, aswell as the war between Norway and the Danes, well I guess in the end just about everyone is dead. We can see greed and envy in that the new king was so greedy for the land, kingdom and the queen that he was willing to kill for it.
    I found the images in Michaels LJ a helpful reminder that these issues still face us today there is a picture of war that reminds of the violence and greed that is still in the world ona big picture but these issues also happen in the small picture. No individual person is perfect. Someone said in class that as long as two people were together we were never go to get back to the golden age. I think thats kind of true but one of my beliefs is that in the future at some unknown point Jesus will return and there will be a new heaven and a new earth and that time will become the golden age again. I’m so looking forward to that…

  6. March 23, 2006 at 12:21 am

    I thought I’d review Michaels LJ (march 23)on the tutorial we had about Golding’s translation of Ovid’s image of the four ages of the world. Michael noted the huge contrast between the Golden age and the iron age and thought that was interesting both in relation to Shakespeares themes in Hamlet and in our everyday life in the present. Ovids image of the iron age used concepts such as ‘greed, violence and envy’ and looked at issues about laws, war, boundaries that we create for ourselves and other images that don’t leave us with much hope for our age. I can see these themes in Hamlet, such as the violence that is encounted firstly by King Hamlet being killed by his brother, aswell as the war between Norway and the Danes, well I guess in the end just about everyone is dead. We can see greed and envy in that the new king was so greedy for the land, kingdom and the queen that he was willing to kill for it.
    I found the images in Michaels LJ a helpful reminder that these issues still face us today there is a picture of war that reminds of the violence and greed that is still in the world ona big picture but these issues also happen in the small picture. No individual person is perfect. Someone said in class that as long as two people were together we were never go to get back to the golden age. I think thats kind of true but one of my beliefs is that in the future at some unknown point Jesus will return and there will be a new heaven and a new earth and that time will become the golden age again. I’m so looking forward to that…

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