With this post, The Bard and the Bible blog is changing things up a bit. Rather than “insult Mondays,” we will alternate insults with other posts, all appearing on Tuesdays. Podcasts will still appear every Friday, however. So, today being Tuesday, it’s a fine day for another insult from a master of the art, William Shakespeare.
Today’s insult is from Act 1, Scene 1, of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, in which Cymbeline, king of Britain, exiles his daughter Imogen’s sweetie, Posthumus:
Away! Thou’rt poison to my blood (Cymbeline, 1.1.128).
The insult has a richer meaning in the play since the only daughter of a king should marry only someone of royal blood, which Posthumus is not. But it works pretty well even for us commoners. Try it, you’ll see.