Hamlet Today

To be, or not to be,

That is no longer the question;

The opposition is a juxtaposition

Where

Being is nothingness.

Ignoble inflictions of sufferings

On the urban stoic,

Engulfed in a death-like stupor

Too doped to take up arms

Against a sea of troubles.

Dilemma is a luxury.

Indecision an impossibility.

Our Hamlet has no choice.

Nobility is in stoic acceptance.

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About Madhumita Ghosh

Studied at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. M.A. M.Phil Ph.D in English. Associate Professor in a degree college affiliated to Calcutta university. Love reading, writing poems and short stories. Translation is another passion Have translated English Romantic poetry to Bengali and Tagore poems to English.

7 thoughts on “Hamlet Today

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    This seems to have a 24/7 news channel headlines quality about it,except that the “news” happens to be rendered in a poetic fashion.Dilemma,indecision,a sea of troubles,etc. could so easily be the sort of remarks “economics experts” are making about the Eurozone crisis or Occupy Wall Street.

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  2. Madhumita Ghosh Post author

    Thank you Louis for your outstanding comment. I am overwhelmed.
    p.s. may I post your comment on my wall in fb?

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    1. Louis Kasatkin

      Please feel free at anytime to “post” away.As a professional propagandist for this project, I value the widest dissemination possible ,and you know from whom I’m borrowing this quotation,”If they’re not talking about you,they’re talking about someone else”

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  3. HowardFrost

    Madhumita
    I think that (asI see it) little has changed for the “Hamlet of today”.
    The world is still a place of internal mental conflict for the young, a daily “on the one hand – on the other hand” sea of choices, all of which are (or can be) fatally wrong.
    Perhaps the two lessons that the drama survives to teach us are that neither suicide nor war are ultimately good choices to make.
    Howard

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  4. Madhumita Ghosh Post author

    Thanks Howard for your astute comment on my poem. This is one of the reasons why I am forever fascinated by Shakespeare. He is timeless and forever modern. There is something definitely very rotten in the state of the global world. I see Hamlet as our child, the young generation, who is confused and in a dilemma finding himself in a sea of troubles, and has no power to make a choice. Thanks again. Madhumita

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