Shakespeare Revisited



Shakespeare Revisited
by Peyvand Khorsandi

Inspired by Jake and Dinos Chapman, the
Britart duo who caused a storm after defacing Goya etchings in 2003 —
such as Insult to Injury, pictured — here, with apologies to the Bard,
is a defacement of his work. (Most of it was too good to change,



To be (bomb), or not to be (bomb)–that is the (their) question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind (Iran) to (buffer) suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous (amassing) fortune
Or to take [nuclear] arms against a sea of troubles (shekels)
And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep(sheep)
No more–and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks (stocks)
That flesh (cash) is heir to. ‘Tis a consummation (consumption)
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep–
To sleep–perchance to dream (cream): ay, there’s the rub (baba),
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil (quest for oil),
Must give us pause (cause). There’s the respect (disrespect)
That makes calamity (Kalashnikov) of (so) long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels (infidel)s bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary (hairy) life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveller (groveller) returns, puzzles (pizzas) the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus (Lack) of conscience does (makes) cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution (UN resolutions)
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprise of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action. — Soft you now,
The fair Ophelia (Georgedubia)! — Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remembered.


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Sorry, I take it back again

by R.N (not verified) on

Sorry, I take back what I said, I don\\\\\\\'t know what\\\\\\\'s wrong with me, I am not feeling well, one moment I say something later I come to my senses and I disagree with myself, please disregard all my comments, I am so sorry, I need to see a shrink. I guess I am an idiot and I don\\\\\\\'t know what I am doing, Sorry about that, please forgive me and disregard whatever I say from now on.


I never took back what I

by R.N (not verified) on

I never took back what I said in the first comment. The person who signed as "RN" the second time is just a phony. I still stand by what I say.

I believe that anyone contributes in any way to the current discourse against Iran, whether for fun or in a serious matter, is an imbecile.


What a prose....

by Foad on

Aside from butchery of Shakespeare prose by Khorsandi, I always think if Hafez, Sadi or Ferdsi were from the west, they were certainly as internationally known and respected as Shakespeare. As for the butchered prose, I completely agree with Nazanin posting and the only way I can justify JJ's comment (brilliant anti-war statement) is to think that because of his recent divorce, he has possibly been under tremendous psychological duress and popping too many pills has clouded his judgment.  


yek kos khol charto part

by Anonymousopenmind (not verified) on

yek kos khol charto part nevesht va chand kos khole digar amadand deffaa konand as ou.


I just got the point, I am sorry

by R.N (not verified) on

I read the article again, and it seems that I had missed the point totally the first time, I am so sorry about my first comment.
XerXes jan I was wrong on my first comment, but
thanks for your support.
This is a brilliant piece and I am sorry about my
first comment.
Wish you all the best.


"cast of thought"

by spirit (not verified) on

"There are more things in heaven and earth than are
dreamt of" in mullahs' "philosophy".

But tragically for the Iranian people, mullahs have
neither "conscience" nor "the pale cast of thought"
to give them "pause" about all their "sound and fury
signifying nothing" and "leading (these) fools to their their dusty (and most justly deserved) graves."


R.N is educated

by XerXes (not verified) on

To me it is obvious that R.N is an educated individual who doesn't buy propaganda and checks for facts. I wish more Iranians and people in general were like that.


to r.n.

by Nazanin Ghassemian (not verified) on

I understand your point, but it's only creative writing. It's not dangerous or violent. Though, I think the Hamlet comparison is more appropriate to George W. Bush, who seems more revenge-seeking (over failure in Iraq) than Ahmadinejad.

In the West, the people who are condemned and endlessly judged for seeking nuclear power, like Heisenberg was, rightly point out that their technology never caused death in the world; whereas the West, who got their nukes from Jewish scientists who fled the Nazi's (Niels Bohr fled the Nazi's and helped the US build a bomb by directing the Manhattan Project) killed many and is regarded as a bunch of very good men. This is true today in the West, people like Tony Blair were complicit in the death of an awful lot of people in Iraq, yet they condemn Ahmadinejad. I'll never cheer for the Iranian government, but I think the Bush/Blair administrations have done more to help than hurt the chances of the Ayatollahs being overtaken.

Jahanshah Javid

The other way around

by Jahanshah Javid on

I think RN did not get the point. In fact this is a brilliant statement against war.


Have you even read one single IAEA report about Iran?

by R.N (not verified) on

What bothers me is not so much that you contribute to the psychological warfare against your own country and blindly repeat this nonesense about Ahmadinejad wanting a nuclear bomb; What really puzzles me is that I'm pretty confident that you have not even bothered yourself to read one single report from the IAEA before disseminating these false assumptions about Iran.