To be Romantic or Not to Be

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To Be Romantic or Not To Be

By Tessa Saks and Will Shakespeare

To be romantic or not to be: that is the question:

Whether ’tis nobler in the soul to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous passion,

Or to take arms against a sea of desire,

And by opposing end them? To think: To control;

To rationalize: And by rationalize to say we end

The heartache and the thousand natural desires

That flesh is heir to, ’tis a discipline

Devoutly to be wish’d. To think, to control;

To control perchance to prevent heartbreak: ay, there’s the rub;

For in that protecting from heartache what love may we miss

When we have resisted opening to the beauty before us.

Must give us pause:  there’s the regret of long lost loves

For who would bear the whips and scorns of rejected love,

The risk unbalanced, the outcome failing,

The pangs of unrequited love: None but the romantic.

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;

Save for the romantic.

The romantic that enterprises of great pith and moment

And in this regard their currents turn awry,

And win in the name of love.


Thanks to The Professor for the inspiration on this one.