Sonnet: Hamlet’s Soliloquy

Here is my extra credit sonnet based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet.


Hamlet: To be or not to be?

Thus did Hamlet muse to himself –

A prince blessed with excellent health –

Did say in his soliloquy

Those words: to be or not to be?

Why does Hamlet see life as filth?

To think to end his life! Why he

Must have seen all life as obscene

But know this Hamlet, Denmark’s prince

The cat will mew and dog will bark

If life be filth than let love rinse

away the filth, to thine ears hark:

The sound of love, be you so dense?

To think with thine own life to part?




  1. danielsbrown said,

    August 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    This is a good effort. You did make a few mistakes, though. Pentameter uses10 syllables per line, and you have 8. The rhyme scheme is OK with the use of slant rhymes (self/health/filth, prince/rinse/dense). You do break the ABBA scheme in line 7, though. You’re also missing a few punctuation marks. +3 points.

    • August 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks for the feedback. I KNEW that an iambic pentameter was ten syllables! I woke up the next morning and went ‘CRAP! I messed up!’

      Thanks for teaching this summer. I learned a lot and and fun.

  2. danielsbrown said,

    August 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    You’re welcome! Good luck in your studies!

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