“Iago” (Poem)

Othello (Laurence Fisburne) and Iago (Kenneth Branaugh)

Othello (Laurence Fisburne) and Iago (Kenneth Branaugh) (photo: Columbia Pictures, 1995)

Recently re-read “Othello” and watched the 1952 “Othello” on videotape (yes, videotape) starring Orson Welles.  The 1995 version with a pre-Matrix Laurence Fishburne is also excellent with Branaugh as a superbly acted Iago.  Thinking about the dastardly character Iago, came up with this poem:

The world is full of Iagos:
Those envious, cunning scoundrels

Whose own miserable, wretched lives
Spur them on to ruin others.

Whose hand of friendship and concern,
A feigned, deceitful, false facade;

Whose skilled, subtle, slanderous tongues
Drip with venomous, honeyed words.

With scheming brains, they lay awake
Plotting the destruction of the innocent.

Beware of the Iagos in the world,
Who are like that crafty serpent of old

That tempted Eve and Adam did deceive
And brought about the Fall of Man.

(“Iago” © 2013 PoeticMeditations.  All rights reserved.)

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A 19th-century romantic poet living in the 21st-century. The Romantic poets, nib pens, candlelight, waistcoats, and pocket watches are a few of my favorite things.
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