I am a Shakespeare nut but I’m also cheap. So I don’t own a lot of Shakespeare swag. I’ve owned exactly one Shakespeare t-shirt (bought in Stratford-Upon-Avon, thank you very much), one Shakespeare mug (bought at the Belasco Theater in NYC), and one Shakespeare teapot (bought in London, if I remember right). I don’t ask for much but I do still covet some Shakespeare stuff. Here is a short, six-item list:
- A print of “All the World’s a Stage” by James Christensen, a limited edition lithograph of the lead characters in the bard’s plays.
Ready for another Monday insult from Shakespeare? Ready or not, here it comes.
Today’s insult comes from Hamlet, as Prince Hamlet forces his uncle, Claudius, to drink the poisoned cup:
Thou incestuous, murd’rous, damned Dane (Hamlet, V.2.327).
Sometimes one insult is not enough. Or even three. Sometimes you have to add “Dane” to the mix.
A brand new episode on The Bard and the Bible Podcast is now live. This week, a dirge (and duet!) by Guiderius and Arviragus in Cymbeline is paired with the Apostle Paul’s “swan song” from 2 Timothy 4:6-8 in the King James Version of the Bible.
To know what otherwise I would not know,*
To go where otherwise I may not go;
To feel, to learn, to grow, to see,
Become what otherwise I could not be;
Remember, reminisce, repent,
Restore a bit of what I’ve spent,
Recapture what I miss and, too,
Envision what I’d like to do;
Escape, sometimes, and heal my mind,
Revive my soul, explore, refine,
Solve problems or just plant a seed,
That and more is why I read.
This post is in response to an invitation from one of my publishers, HarperCollins, in honor of their 200th anniversary, to encourage reading and literacy. See here for other authors’ responses.
*Adapted from Love’s Labour’s Lost, I.1.58
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Oddly, the Stratford Festival’s HD production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra is listed (on imdb.com and elsewhere) as “humorous” and “comedy.” True, there are some pleasingly light moments in the production, but make no mistake, it is a muscular and affecting presentation of the bard’s tragedy.
How is your Monday going? Could you put an insult to good use, maybe? If so, we here at The Bard and the Bible blog offer the following Shakespearean insult:
This week’s insult is spoken by the old lord Lafeu to the despicable (but entertaining) Parolles in All’s Well That Ends Well:
You are not worth another word, else I’d call you knave (All’s Well That Ends Well, II.3.262).
You’re welcome. You are now free to move about the rest of your Monday.