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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Multitudinous Seas

Here is the place to link to all your allusions to Macbeth in pop culture. I can't wait to see what you come up with!


  1. HA! I always am one of the last so this time I decided to be extra early!

    So I was really interested in song lyrics alluding/quoting Macbeth, since over the years I've noticed several that allude to/quote Romeo and Juliet (A LOT) and some of Shakespeare's sonnets.

    So, what I have come up with (I'm sure there's more):

    MC Lars (no surprises there) has a song "Rapbeth (foul is fair)" which is just all about Macbeth.

    For much much more subtle allusions/quotes:

    For "fair is foul and foul is fair":

    Wildcat Days-Bryan Perry
    Goin' to Hell-The Black League
    Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair-Babes in Toyland )but for this one the lyrics are basically a mix of act 1 scenes 1 and 2 quotes, so it's not really that subtle)

    For "not of woman born":
    Passing Through Matter-Esoteric (also known as "the pernicious enigma" apparently)
    Cute Stupid-FÀSHIÖN'S

    Note: just because I put a song up here does not mean I like the song!

    And do I have to put up a site? Because all of these are song lyrics.

  2. Dude Joanne totally stole my song :(
    I was going to talk about "Rapbeth" by MC Lars, but since she took it already, I had to go find something else. After hours of relentless searching on the internet, and as I was about to give up on life, this interesting article suddenly appeared before my eyes.

  3. http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/spectrum/Lords-of-the-ring.5640904.jp
    is a commentary on the state of wrestling in Scotland. The author states that the world of wrestling is split into two parts, the actual wrestling and the drama which he likens to a hybrid between the stories of Mother Goose and Macbeth

  4. muahahah! i'm not late this time!


    so i found this blog entry titled "there's daggers in men's smiles." it's an interesting account from a teacher's pov. =)

  5. There's a poem by Robert Frost called Out, Out. The title is a reference to Macbeth talking about the brevity of life after he finds out about his wife's death -- "Out, out, brief candle!"


  6. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-blagojevich_patti_10dec10,0,1460523.story

    This article is about a Lady Macbeth character in real life. Patricia Blagojevich is the wife of Governor Rod Blagojevich, the man who tried to sell off President Obama's senate seat. The article basically compares Mrs. Blagojevich to Lady Macbeth in the way that she conspired against her husband's enemies.

  7. Haha so there's this song called "Something Wicked This Way Comes" from one of the Harry Potter movies. It basically reflects the chants of the witches from Macbeth. The last line of the song is from Macbeth.

    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
    Double, double toil and trouble
    Something wicked this way comes
    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 owlet's wing,—
    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
    Double, double toil and trouble
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
    Something wicked this way comes!


  8. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sherman-yellen/my-john-mccain----america_b_126344.html

    Although this article is quite bias, the article is quite interesting. It compares John McCain with MacBeth and both are trying to conspire against their country. And the name resemblance "Mc"Cain and "Mac"Beth.

    There isn't really a direct quote, however, the article does mention short phrases like "deadly daggers", "murders of truth", "ravage the country" and other character names in Macbeth such as Lady Macbeth and the three weird witches.

  9. After reading an article at http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/10/crazy_yankee_ch_8.php
    I was very amused. Reading everyone else's comments were about music or serious politics. However, this particular article focuses on sports rather than political controversies. When the Yankees (of course) beat the Twins, some Twins' fans accused the umpire of calling a fair ball a foul ball, and this person looks back to previous instances in history where people accuse the umpires of losing the games for them.

  10. theresa! your link is the link to this site (mrs. poulsen's blog)!!

  11. I decided to focus on Lady Macbeth's famous exclamation of, "Out, damned spot!"

    First of all, there is a band of the same name (at http://www.myspace.com/outdamnedspot, if you're interested).

    I also found an article (http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/26/nyregion/26FEAT.html) that refers to the mysterious black blobs stuck on sidewalks in New York as "damned spots." In reality, the blobs are actually pieces of discarded chewing gum. The article describes the history of gum in New York and the steps being taken in attempts to clean them up, aka taking out the damned spots.

  12. I looked for references to "What's done is done" (Lady Macbeth in Act III trying to assure Macbeth and hoping that there will be no regrets, for the deed is done and nothing can be changed)and guess what popped up?

    An episode of the tv show "The Secret Life of an American Teenager" titled "What's Done is Done."
    The episode summary was, "Grace finds herself riddled with guilt. Meanwhile, Ben tries to figure out where he fits in Amy's life now that she is raising John with Ricky."
    This entire show started off with a teenage girl getting pregnant, so what's done is done. She's pregnant, and there is no way that she can become "unpregnant" again.


    There were also a couple of songs which included "What's done is done" in their lyrics, one of which is "What's Done Is Done" by The Allman Brothers Band


  13. Most references seemed to be blogs with titles that were quotes. I just took a random news article, not a blog, with a title that included "fair is foul."


    Basically an article talking about the release of a terrorist from a Scottish prison, and how the Scots were outraged.

  14. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106763/plotsummary

    There was a movie released in 1993 titled "Double, Double, Toil and Trouble" which is a quote from the witches in Act IV Scene I of Macbeth.

    The movie is about twin girls who attempt to save their famiy's home by trying to stop their Aunt Agatha. Agatha is a witch with a magic stone.

    Since the movie focuses on a witch using her powers for negative purposes, the producers decided to use the quote from Macbeth. The famous witch scene from Macbeth gives the stereotypical image witches we possess.

  15. HI!!!!! I found a song that quotes Macbeth, or at least parts of it: "...bloody deed" and "...none of woman born".
    The song is by a band called Jag Panzer, (never heard of them before..) Here's their myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/jagpanzer
    and here are the lyrics to their song: http://www.metrolyrics.com/tragedy-of-macbeth-lyrics-jag-panzer.html

    I also found an article that has to do with Macbeth, The Simpsons and...STAND-UP COMEDY :D
    "...stand-up comedy into a rather more ambitious performance: a one-man stage adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play, as interpreted by almost the entire cast of The Simpsons. The result is MacHomer."
    here's the link to the article, if anyone's interested:

  16. Hahaha I just love those songs that have lyrics alluding to literary works xD

    so I found this song by the Stone Roses---"How Do You Sleep"

    Basically it alludes many parts in Macbeth---the scene where Macbeth sees Banquo's ghost and Macbeth's conscience and anxiety...you could say that Banquo's Ghost is talking to Macbeth in this song xD

    "Ive seen your severed head at a banquet for the dead
    All dressed up dinner, looked so fine
    Your shining silver salver so tastefully powdered
    With the finest military quick lime


    So raise your glasses, heres a toast to wasted lives
    May all their ghosts come back to haunt you
    And tell you how they died

    How do you sleep?
    How do you last the night and keep the dogs at bay?
    How do you feel when you close your eyes, and try and drift away?
    Does it feel any better now?
    Does it mean any more when the angel of death comes knock, knocking,
    And banging at your door? "

  17. oops forgot the link xD

  18. YAY finally the internet is alive again!!!

    Anyways, after searching and searching through the internet with various key words, i've finally stumbled upon an artist with 4 songs about Macbeth.

    So the artist's name is called Prague Spring and they have four songs: "The multitudinous seas incarnadine" "Unsex me now" "Haunted By Your Ghost" and "Thane of Fife."

    After going through their song titles, it seems their other songs might also have references to Macbeth or have some sort of connection to it. See for youself:

    The weird thing is, this artists is so unknown that it seems like the lyrics do not exist any where on the internet. So we can only imagine what songs like "unsex me now" could have meant. But something that might offer a clue would be the band name "Prague Spring" since Prague Spring was a period of political liberalization in Czechoslovakia when it was still being dominated by the Soviet Union. So perhaps these songs were songs of political expression. With this in mind titles like "Unsex me now" and "Multitudinous Seas Incarnadine" take on whole new meanings in context. I find this connection the most intriguing, because like Gary said most people found references to either music or politics, but i found music about politics :D.

    THAT'S the actual URL.

  20. theres a new band in san francisco called Out Damned Spot and they have a female lead
    here's their official site:

    and here's their myspace page:

    they actuallysound pretty good.

  21. Wow! Great links, everyone! Isn't it amazing how thoroughly Shakespeare is ingrained in our culture? It makes it fun to be an literary person...cause you're always running into references that you get!

    --Mrs. Poulsen

  22. BY ANNIE:

    Wow, this is the coolest ever. Well, the rapping part at least. It was like the rapping video we saw with MOBY DICK. This clip basically summed up Macbeth's story, while rapping/singing it :)


    It's on youtube

  23. This is my second post, but I'm reading my Gov textbook right now and it has a reference to Macbeth!
    It says, "If party loyalty and national economic conditions play so large a role in elections, is the campaign just sound and fury, signifying nothing?"