Song of the Witches

By William Shakespeare 1564–1616 William Shakespeare
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

NOTES: Macbeth: IV.i 10-19; 35-38

Source: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)

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Poet William Shakespeare 1564–1616

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Religion, Friends & Enemies, Animals, Relationships, Nature

Holidays Halloween

Poetic Terms Dramatic Monologue, Couplet

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While William Shakespeare's reputation is based primarily on his plays, he became famous first as a poet. With the partial exception of the Sonnets (1609), quarried since the early nineteenth century for autobiographical secrets allegedly encoded in them, the nondramatic writings have traditionally been pushed to the margins of the Shakespeare industry. Yet the study of his nondramatic poetry can illuminate Shakespeare's . . .

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SUBJECT Religion, Friends & Enemies, Animals, Relationships, Nature

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Poetic Terms Dramatic Monologue, Couplet

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