| Quote #10
Now this is weird. What the heck is a poet doing roaming around on a battlefield? After Brutus and Cassius get into a heated argument, the poet shows up and urges the guys to "love, and be friends." Unfortunately, Brutus and Cassius assume that "jigging fools" don't have anything valuable to say about politics, warfare, or even friendship. But it seems pretty clear that Shakespeare (whose work was important enough that he gained royal patronage from King James I) disagrees. If you want to know more, go to "Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory" and check out our discussion of "Poets and Teachers."