So I really have been pondering this soliloquy thing a lot. It has been brought to my attention indirectly that a good, self-motivating soliloquy would be one that expresses gratitude for what I have and perhaps some self-praise. It is amazing to me how difficult that really is. My gratitude muscle really needs some development.
Emboldened by a recent, positive exercise in thankfulness, I’m making it a personal goal to actually come up with a thankfulness soliloquy. I have some skill in writing haiku, rap lyrics, and other forms of useless poetry, so I may be able to hammer one out. Shakespeare’s soliloquies seem neither to rhyme nor have any metered rhythm. What a hack. But still, they are cool. So I think I want to model mine after his.
Two famous ones are Tomorrow and Tomorrow from Macbeth and To Be or Not To Be from Hamlet. While a soliloquy (also known as an aside) appears to be a subset of the monologue, I don’t think I’m interested in monologues. What good is a monologue if nobody is around to listen?
The TV mini-series Dune had several soliloquies in it. I should explore that. Lots of plays have these. I wonder if there are already some good ones on thankfulness? Most seem centered around despair and death; worthy topics to be sure, but not likely to pull me onto the correct path.
While I was poking around, I found this. Funny!