Atanu Dey On India's Development

Spirits from Vasty Deeps

One of my favorite bits from Shakespeare. This one is from Act 3, Scene 1 of The First Part of King Henry IV:

Glendower: I can call spirits from the vasty deep.

Hotspur: Why, so can I, or so can any man;
But will they come when you do call for them?

The “vasty deep” is so evocative. I see visions of deep dark oceans with strange creatures never seen on earth dwelling there. And spirits that are powerful and perhaps evil.

Anyway, what I like about that bit is that one can proclaim stuff but that does not mean that it becomes real. Much inflated rhetoric can be seen for what it is by recalling Hotspur’s question.

Yes, you can call the spirits from the vasty deep. But that doesn’t mean that they will oblige.

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    couldnt post on the fireengine entry……but i will do it here.

    if you love finland you have to try iceland…….gorgeous country. the original fire engine ditty is wonderful and will share it with my 11 year old son for valentines. he is used to a mad mother and this will make an interesting present.

    as for the spirits obliging…….they only do with huge amounts of maska polish…..case in point- the childrens book ” amulet of samarkand” fab read with the genie as hero.