Poison to My Blood

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.

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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.

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Villain of the Earth, Chief of Sinners

A new episode (here) on The Bard and the Bible Podcast pairs Enobarbus’s lament (“I am alone the villain of the earth”) from Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra with Paul’s “Chief of Sinners” passage from 1 Timothy 1:12-17 in the King James Version of the Bible. Ratings and reviews on iTunes are much appreciated. You can also easily subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to ensure that you never miss an episode.

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My Favorite Shakespeare Villains

Last week, this blog featured an infograph of literary villains in which Shakespeare’s characters figured prominently. So that started me thinking about my favorite (i.e., most deliciously villainous) of the Bard’s bad guys.

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So here’s the list (and the plays in which they figure):

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Reviewsday: A New Season of Upstart Crow Begins

Having thoroughly enjoyed the debut season of the BBC Two comedy series, Upstart Crow (which I blogged about here), I couldn’t wait for Season 2 to begin, which it did just two weeks ago–and I wasn’t disappointed.

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Choice Words

It is Monday, and thus a fine day for another insult from a master of the art, William Shakespeare.

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Today’s insult is from Act 4, Scene 6, of Shakespeare’s Pericles, in which the virtuous Marina (that’s her, above) tells Boult, who is marching her off to a brothel:

Thy food is such
As hath been belch’d on by infected lungs (Pericles 4.6.156).

So much better than calling him a dirty old man, don’t you think?

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Podcast: To Die, to Sleep

Today’s episode on The Bard and the Bible Podcast is a reprise of Hamlet’s famous third soliloquy (“To Be or Not to Be”) paired with Paul of Tarsus’s words from 2 Corinthians 5:1-9 in the King James Version of the Bible. You can easily subscribe to future podcasts on iTunes, to ensure that you never miss an episode.

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Shakespeare’s Villains

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The Norton Critical Edition people put together the above “Periodic Table of Literary Villains,” and of course we here at the Bard and the Bible Blog were unsurprised to see how many of Shakespeare’s villains figure prominently. How many do you count?

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