Tag: William Shakespeare
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Was William Shakespeare a gourmand? Unlike today’s discerning foodies, who prefer only the trendiest of delicacies – crossushi, raw water, mouth cooking – Shakespeare’s gastronomical preferences seem to have run the gamut. His thirty-nine plays are littered with aristocrats, boozed-up barflies, and even cannibals partaking in meals that range from gruesome to positively delectable – […]more
While browsing the library shelves, you might come across some book titles that aren’t immediately clear, or whose meaning has changed over the decades. I don’t mean just things like George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, which has lost the mildly futuristic edge it had in the late 1940s, replaced instead with lingering memories of Stevie Wonder […]more
This blog has often discussed metaphor, the misdirection of words to better direct meaning. Today, we investigate the potential of metaphor to answer a silly question about a serious subject: what did William Shakespeare really think of dogs? In a 2009 article for the New York Review, Stephen Greenblatt, an eminent scholar of early modern […]more
Famous last words! This quiz will test how well you remember the last lines of Shakespeare’s heroes and heroines – or villains and anti-heroes, perhaps. How well do you remember the words spoken when characters die – either at their own hands or the hands of others? Take our quiz and find out. William Shakespeare […]more