Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Die for adultery?

Winter Wren
Originally uploaded by Laura Erickson
die for adultery! No.
The wren goes to’t, and the small gilded fly
Does lecher in my sight. Let copulation thrive.

(Well, that's MY motto this time of year! I'm no troglodyte, at least not in the reclusive sense of the word.)


Nancy Ortiz said...

That one just beats me. All hollow. Don't keep me in suspense. Give it up! Please!

Nancy Ortiz said...

Wait! Othello?

Laura Erickson said...

King Lear says it to Gloucester. Ironically, it IS the son borne out of wedlock that leads to Gloucester's death, so in a very real sense he DOES end up dying for adultery.

Nancy Ortiz said...

Lear went over my head. I was duly impressed with MacBeth as an exposition on treachery and its limits as statecraft. But, Lear was simply a whoosh, a blur, and a missed reference. Jeez, I hope the wren doesn't over hear this conversation. I'm embarassed enough as it is.