The Sound of Shakespeare’s Women

by Imogen Beaumont

If Juliet was silenced
amongst a patriarchal nightmare and
Lavinia was two hands down
with no tongue to tell their tale and
Ophelia was driven to madness
with no sense left to speak and
Cordelia was shunned by her father,
her pointless words falling on deaf ears and
Desdemona’s desperate truth
was shouted down by whispered lies,

Then Will’s trying to tell us something.