Analysis of Solomonic Shakespeare

Life is a tall tale.
Full of sound, raging fury.
It is vanity!

Scheme ABB
Poetic Form Tercet 
Metre 11011 1111010 11100
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 62
Words 15
Sentences 3
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 3
Lines Amount 3
Letters per line (avg) 15
Words per line (avg) 4
Letters per stanza (avg) 46
Words per stanza (avg) 13

About this poem

In William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the protagonist Macbeth, King of Scotland, delivers the following soliloquy: “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player/ That struts and frets his hour upon the stage/ And then is heard no more: it is a tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury/ Signifying nothing.” This famous soliloquy is depicted as a confession which reveals that while Macbeth is not without blemish, his moral turpitude does not deter nor hinder him from confessing that he cannot escape blame for his own failures in life. In this regard, his quasi courageous act reminds us only so painfully, of biblical King Solomon’s strikingly similar confession at old age, delivered in the book of Ecclesiastes 1:2, which reads, in part: “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” Both King Solomon and Shakespeare’s King Macbeth yearn for a greater understanding of the moral purpose of life. Both do so in the form of a soliloquy. Both are partners of the same ilk, cause for us to reflect on the purpose of our own lives; hence, the title of this haiku poem, “Solomonic Shakespeare.” 

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Written on December 04, 2021

Submitted by karlcfolkes on December 04, 2021

Modified on March 30, 2023

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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