What would ambition do? What would it not,
Going so far as even kill a king,
Conniving in a treacherous, fatal plot
To execute this most appalling thing.
Just such a question Shakespeare would explore,
Contriving a dramatic spectacle
Confronting us with scenes we must deplore
Ensuring that his plays be never dull.
Thus Hamlet and Macbeth are dramas that
Arouse the pity and the terror which
Is kin to what a high-wire acrobat
Evokes who seems from there about to pitch.
For all the anguish that such drama stirs,
Catharsis, though, is what at last occurs.