Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – April Day 23
“An Antic Disposition” – The Mind (posted by Kerry)
Since today is the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and death, I have delved into the archives to read up on what he had to say about madness… a favoured theme in several plays and poems. I came across an interesting article, to be found HERE for those who are interested. I have also provided a few memorable quotes, but they are by no means prescriptive.
Our focus for this prompt is The Mind: those troubles of the brain, shaping fantasies and antic dispositions which make us human.
“I am a very foolish, fond old man,
Fourscore and upward,
Not an hour more nor less; and to deal plainly,
I fear I am not in my perfect mind.”
(from King Lear)
If I am not in my perfect
mind, am I in someone
else’s? Do they have
the same criteria?
Is hysteria madness or
merely a vent to air
out smoke–blood pressure
solution without pill
pollution side effects.
If I stew over the possibility
of becoming mad, what signs
would I look for to know my mind
has slipped over the edge
of a ledge?