Raving Reporter ®
(Your weakly round-up of the world of Letters)
I was reading in the 'Times Literary Supplement' an article on a recently discovered fragment of a play believed by some to have been penned by Shakespeare himself. Although a few scholars doubt its authenticity, modern methods of computerised textual analysis do seem to reveal certain stylistic features that are characteristically Shakespearian.
I myself am of the opinion that the words are in fact genuinely by the quill of none other than the Swan of Avon, but I will let you form your own conclusions.
To do the piece full justice it should be read by Olivier or Gielgud but in their absence please try to adopt the appropriate Stentorian tones.
To my mind, the following Soliloquy ranks with the best from Hamlet or King Lear:
consider Man as like a little fly
feasting upon a piece of bread & jam
the world's one of those round & crusty loaves
each country wants to grab the largest slice
the soil (wherin the answer lies) is brown
wholemeal - the kind that doctors recommend
yet when Fate blows a raspberry at us
however fly we like to think we are
we all get in a dreadful jam at times
& this sweet life comes to a sticky end
(More SILLY than SOLILOQUY! Litter not Literature! Ed)
(yeah & YOU, more twit than wit, so there! R.R.)
(" No, no, no, no " - King Lear)
no QWERTY keyboard
no fountain pen
just a quill