Talk:The Phoenix and the Turtle

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Strange poem[edit]

shakespeare seriously must have been smoking some crack when he wrote this....honestly! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.70.95.203 (talkcontribs) 04:49, 14 October 2005‎

Understanding the nature of love between two seems an essential quality for anyone wanting to get more understanding out of this poem than the previous entrant. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 149.63.65.95 (talkcontribs) 22:18, 12 April 2006 ‎

I always find it fascinating that nobody has tried looking at this poem from an Alchemical/Hermetic point of view. The piece is laden with Alchemical imagery of death and transformation through love - the marriage of male and female and the resultant unity. To me this was Shakespeare's genius. Everything he wrote works on so many extraordinary different levels - this poem is an allegory, a love poem, an elegy, an evocation of the Alchemical process, or just a wonderfully written enigma. Enjoy it as you will. One other thing - its not written in iambic pentameter and has a curiously modern syntax to it. ThePeg 23:39, 31 October 2006 (UTC)