What is love?
“Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs,
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes,
Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers’ tears.
What is it else? A madness most discreet,
A choking gall and a preserving sweet.”
— William Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet | Act 1, Scene 1”
Did Shakespeare fall in love, or just watched others fall? Records indicate he was 18 when he married 26 year old, Anne Hathaway, who six months later gave birth. Shakespeare later left for London, without his wife; he soon after found endearment with the females and the males. Who was his “master mistress of my passion” ?
Shakespeare in Love, is currently running at the Baltimore Center Stage. It is filled with intrigue. Imagine Shakespeare suffering from writer’s block, and having to depend on a friend (Marlowe) to relay words to enchant his muse!
Shakespeare is a renegade in this play: broke and borrowing money, climbing out his lovers window. We have not come far from that era when men treated women as property, and their value was whether their jewels can reproduce children.
Class distinction exited in that epoch, it is a little subtle today, yet it exists. In the television reality show Shahs of Sunset, Asa of Iranian decent, has a child with a black man, (Jermaine Jackson). The other Iranian and Jewish friends on the show, have showed “fumes of sighs”.
Shakespeare knew he could not marry the woman of his dreams, for his blood line did not match up. Was William Shakespeare the real Romeo, and therefore neither could not live apart from his Juliet?
Just like Love and Hip Hop, the “madness of love” is not discreet, and it is where angels do not tread, for they would become human and be choked with passion.
Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has brought attention to the female body in a manner shamefully representative of Man.
Will the real “Mr. Man” please stand up? Remember what the first man said, over 6,000 years ago, “she is bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh, I will call you woman”. That man (Adam) committed suicide for that woman, not to say, why some of the offspring, like Harvey, have demonstrated the “Cain” mentality.
Plato’s clause, (eyes of the beholder) is being appreciated by many today; and it is quite refreshing when it is a woman embracing that statement with grace.
Joanna Barnum lives North of Baltimore in Harford County Maryland, and is now exhibiting her take on beauty, using water colors. Her exhibition LOST EDGES, runs through the end of this November, at the Hamilton Gallery, in East Baltimore.
While there you may look at other notable creators: Valerie Smith, Maxine Taylor, Loring Baglioli and Schroeder Cherry.
Compliments to the modified musical group of KAYDANCE, who performed at the opening reception.
Ms. Barnum commented on her show at the Hamilton. (See Video).
Cheers for the Adams of the world, who behold, and not the “Cains”, who assault.