Friday, October 30, 2009

POETRY FRIDAY: Song of the Witches

Here's a little Shakespeare that's perfect for reciting at Halloween:

Song of the Witches
by William Shakespeare

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Last April, I wrote a political parody of Shakespeare’s Song of the Witches that I posted at Political Verses. Here it is:

Stewing Brew: A Macbethian Melange
Pelosi's Pot-au-Pooh-Poohers
by Elaine Magliaro

Round about the cauldron go:
In the pompous lard butt throw.
Rush the bilious radio host—
That’s what needs to cook the most.
In the brimstone broth immersed—
Limbaugh, Limbaugh! Be he first.

You can read the rest of my poem here: Potent Political Pottage a la Shakespeare


At Wild Rose Reader, I have reviews of three poetry books that would be great to share with kids at Halloween.

My poetry post this week at Political Verses is a Paean to a Bovine Beauty.

Jennie has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Biblio File.


Mary Lee said...

Shakespeare is perfect for this Halloween Eve!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Mary Lee--

I agree. And I loved Macbeth!

Jennie said...

Oooo... I love Macbeth and this is such a great one for Halloween. We did a production in college that had the witches lying above in the light grid, whispering this poem between them above us. It's hard to be freaked out by text you know really really well, but that sure sent shivers up my spine!

Emily Wilkes said...

A perfect choice for Halloween. I like your parody of Song of the Witches as well.