Out, out brief candle…

out out brief candle

This is an excerpt from one of my favourite Shakespearean speeches. I’m not sure why I love this so much as it is really quite depressing! Essentially, for anyone not familiar with Macbeth, this is the speech given by Macbeth after his wife goes mad and dies. He is grieving and pondering the nature and meaning of human life:

She should have died hereafter
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Sometimes it is worth noting that, in the universal scheme of things, our lives are a brief dot on the spectrum of human history. Maybe more positively (and more briefly!) it’s worth remembering the saying Carpe Diem – life is short – seize the day. I know I could get a little perspective on the bigger picture sometimes, and, as the mother of two such adorable sprogs whose childhood will whizz by in a flash, sometimes it is worth going back to basics and putting them at the centre of everything I do.

Linking up to this week’s Prompt from Sara over at Mum Turned Mom which was simply the word ‘brief’.



15 thoughts on “Out, out brief candle…

  1. What a great excerpt! We were in Leicester Sq yesterday and ate our lunch opposite Mr. S himself 🙂

    Life is short and we have to make the very most of it xxx #ThePrompt

    • That’s funny, I don’t live near Stratford but I *have* been to see Macbeth – at Stratford 🙂 And the Barbican too! I also studied Macbeth for my Drama O’level and I think studying a play like that makes it absolutely come alive and makes you appreciate all the little nuances and the power of his poetry. Glad you appreciated this. X

  2. We studied Macbeth at school (being Scottish it was almost obligatory!) and although a depressing play it is very powerful. Love this excerpt, wonderful words to bring to this weeks prompt. And your thoughts are so true, and very important too x Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt x Sorry for the delay in commenting/sharing, but we had a wonderful time in New York 🙂

  3. I remember going to see Macbeth (the play) a while back and I really loved it. The kids childhood will be over far too soon, and I for one intend to take advantage of it while I can. Great post for #ThePrompt. xx

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