The Sun Rises, The Sun Sets!

Life is but a stage.
The Academy Awards!
Exits, Entrances.

About this poem

The Oscars: They evoke drama, tragedy, comedy, live theatre! A cacophony of actors and actresses in festive parade, strutting up and down a catwalk; a personification of the persona personified! All of this pompous ceremony reminds us only too well that, as Shakespeare’s character, Jacques, utters as a monologue in Act II, Scene VII, of the play , As You Like It: “All the world’s a stage,/And all the men and women merely players;/The have their exits and their entrances. ” As Shakespeare’s Jacques informs us so eloquently, the world indeed is like a glamorous stage show, and all of us are merely actors or, even less diplomatically, puppets of the master puppeteer of life. The three lines of this haiku poem are a paraphrase of the first three lines of the Jacques monologue. The poem’s title, “The Sun Rises, The Sun Sets!” serves as an exclamation point, an umbrella amplification of the entire message of the poem, observing how fleeting is life’s glory; here today , gone tomorrow. 

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Written on December 06, 2021

Submitted by karlcfolkes on December 06, 2021

Modified on April 21, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABC
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 58
Words 12
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 3

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 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • Dougla$Irishman
    Pardon me if you don't mind, life is not a stage for some, it can be well thought out !
    Making your life count for eternity results is the highest calling !
    LikeReply2 years ago
  • Solaris
    LikeReply2 years ago
  • Adventurer2022#
    Shakespeare said likewise. Out Out Brief Candle! Ha. Ha.
    Melita Warren
    LikeReply 12 years ago
  • Soulwriter
    Too true...
    LikeReply2 years ago


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