Sunday, August 2, 2009

"Angels and Platonists shall judge the dog"

Dogs are Shakespearean, children are strangers.
Let Freud and Wordsworth discuss the child,
Angels and Platonists shall judge the dog,
The running dog, who paused, distending nostrils,
Then barked and wailed; the boy who pinched his sister,
The little girl who sang the song from Twelfth Night,
As if she understood the wind and rain,
The dog who moaned, hearing the violins in concert.
—O I am sad when I see dogs or children!
For they are strangers, they are Shakespearean.

From "Dogs are Shakespearean, Children are Strangers," by Delmore Schwartz. The complete poem is here.

Photo by BitterGrace of our own Nio, a Shakespearean dog if there ever was one.


Perfumeshrine said...

I had never thought of it this way. What a delightful (and a little melancholic) thought!
Your Nio looks adorable :-))

BitterGrace said...

I could ponder that poem a long time, E.

Nio is a sweetheart. Kinda smelly, slobbery and clumsy--but still a sweetheart!