Shakespeare, political commentator

Again (see prior post ), Shakespeare’s political savvy and wit are without equal. His description of the caprice and fickleness of public opinion is certainly just as true today:

CAESAR: I should have known no less. It hath been taught us from the primal state that he which is was wished until he were; And the ebbed man, ne’er loved till ne’er worth love, comes deared by being lacked. This common body, like to a vagabond flag upon the stream, goes to and back, lackeying the varying tide to rot itself with motion.

Antony and Cleopatra, Act 1 Scene 4.

2 thoughts on “Shakespeare, political commentator

    1. chuckredman Post author

      I guess it makes me think of how we enthusiastically cheer our Presidents into office, and then invariably we decide they’re doing a lousy job . . .


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