That is another great line from Sandburg himself and shows up in the play, The World of Carl Sandburg. From what I remember from my studies of Hamlet in a college English class, the soliloquy where the famous line of "to be or not to be" of Hamlet is about his contemplation of death, perhaps even whether to take his own life or not.
Not nearly as dramatic, and certainly not about death, is my current pun that goes "to dye or not to dye, that is the question!" I have gone round and round in my head about this issue. I understand why many women who are eighty, ninety, or even older still continue to have jet black hair, titian locks, or strawberry blonde tresses. It is easier to have it dyed than to take the time to let it grow out and go through all those many months of two-toned hair. In general this is not much of an issue for men; it only takes a month or so before they need another hair cut even if they decide to go for a more youthful look and color their hair. Besides, men are often described as distinguished-looking with a touch of grey in their hair or even being totally grey. They can get away with aging, and it is even considered graceful aging at that.
Not so, with women. They are often described as "old" when they have grey hair. For me, I have come to the point that I no longer wish to highlight and/or color my hair. Yet, I don't wish to look old, either. What a dilemma! Not as dramatic as Hamlet's, though. So, I continue to go through the "to dye or not to dye" as I let my hair grow out. And if people think I don't see it the lines of demarcation, I do...I just have decided not to "dye" from embarrassment.
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