Shakespeare Had It Right

Jesi Kay

Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at

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6 Responses

  1. FRIST. You had me from the start. Funny, I was just using this passage as a quote for my WIP. You know all you have to do is start quoting Hamlet and you have my undivided attention. I like how you incorporated them. Depressing poem, of course, but good.

    • Jesi says:

      LOL Wasn’t meant to be depressing, just thought-provoking, though Hamlet is kind of a depressing play. But I love Hamlet. I love “what is this quintessence of dust?” Something about it has always pulled at me.

      • There’s another line that I never understood until recently — Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d his canon ‘gainst self-slaughter. I heard “cannons” and “slaughter” and ergo, it sort of made sense — but he’s really lamenting that his religious beliefs forbid him from committing suicide. What a BRILLIANT phrase. Love love love this play.

        • Jesi says:

          My English class in my last year of high school studied Hamlet and that was a line we talked about fairly extensively. What cemented Hamlet forever in me was that also at the time the Mel Gibson film version came out.

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