Poems of the Week

Sons of Memory

by Julia Griffin

“When Milton met Shakespeare: poet’s notes on Bard appear to have been found
Scott-Warren … [points out] the work the annotator did to improve the text of the folio—suggesting corrections and supplying additional material such as the prologue to Romeo and Juliet … ‘The book is absolutely covered with lines in the margin of passages …’ [said Scott-Warren:] ‘they echo with [Milton’s] work …’
One highlighted section in The Tempest is the song: “Come unto these yellow sands, / And then take hands: … [which] is echoed in Milton’s ‘On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity.'”
—The Guardian

Two houses both alike in dignity
—Added, J. Milton, 1623.
Mark, Give him heedful note. Append, “I do.”
Query, The text is foolish. Score it through.
Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.
Ring first word. Query: add “new pastures”—borrow?
I have nothing with these words. They are not mine.
Annotate, query, dog-ear, underline.
Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus. Now the page is curled.
Note: envy not. O that way madness lies.
Add: “solitary way”? A prize! A prize!
Mark, copy. Come unto these yellow sands,
And then take hands. Mark that. And then take hands.