Podcast: With Vilest Worms to Dwell

It is time for another episode on The Bard and the Bible Podcast. This week’s upbeat installment, “With Vilest Worms to Dwell,” is now live (you can also easily subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to ensure that you never miss an episode in the future).

bard-and-bible-podcastIn this week’s episode, the words of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 71 (“No longer mourn for me when I am dead”) are paired with Job 19:23-27 in the King James Version of the Bible. 

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My Favorite Shakespeare Infographs

You know what an infograph (or infographic) is, right? It’s a chart or other visual depiction of information that is intended to be consumed and understood quickly. There are all kinds, from maps to timelines and more. Some of my favorites, of course, are Shakespeare infographs. Here are three of the many I’ve “clipped” and saved:

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My friend (and occasional guest blogger here at The Bard and the Bible) Sue sent this one to me:

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And this is one of many efforts to chart the various causes of death in Shakespeare’s plays:

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Reviewsday: Otto M. Budig Theater, Cincinnati OH

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My loving wife and family (the local ones, anyway) accompanied me yesterday to Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, the vibrant Washington Park (above), and the grand opening of the Otto M. Budig Theater, the brand new home of the Cincinnati Shakespeare CompanyContinue reading

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A Noble Insult

It’s Monday again, and that means it is once more time for a good insult from Shakespeare.

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This week’s insult is spoken by the tribune Marullus at the very beginning of Julius Caesar, to a couple plebeians who are celebrating the arrival of Julius Caesar in the city:

You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things (Julius Caesar, 1.1.36).

It is a fairly flexible, useful insult that nonetheless is most effective when the object of the statement is unlikely to discern its meaning.

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Podcast: Go to the Ant

This week’s episode on The Bard and the Bible Podcast features the fool’s soliloquy from King Lear (“We’ll set thee to school to an ant”) with Proverbs 6:6-11 in the King James Version of the Bible.

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My Top Five Shakespeare Quotes

A guest post by Elisabeth Bridges

Elisabeth_Bridges_photoWhen I received the invitation to participate in this series, I got a bit excited. And by “a bit excited,” I mean shaking-and-letting-out-muffled-shrieks-while-spinning-around-in-my-desk-chair excited. Bard quotes flooded my brain, and I began to wonder if I would end up trying to stuff his entire canon into my word count. Even four hundred years after his death, I don’t believe we’ve come to the end of the truth and beauty in his words. Once I calmed down, I realized I would need stricter guidelines, so I set out to define my top five quotes. I almost made it, too. I ended up with one extra because, as we bardolaters know, he’s irresistible.

  1. “O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend
    The brightest heaven of invention…”
    Henry V, Prologue

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Reviewsday: BBC’s Troilus and Cressida (1981)

Shakespeare can be boring. There, I said it.

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Most of his plays–even the darkest ones–include exciting bits, funny bits, and charming bits. Troilus and Cressida, not so much.  Continue reading

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