My Weight Today - 176 pounds
Why Study Shakespeare? I have learned through adult reading and re-reading the writings of Shakespeare and reading blogs that attempt to explain the basics of the magnificence of his works, that 'there are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in my philosophy.'
Many of the common expressions now thought to be clichés were Shakespeare's creations. Chances are you use Shakespeare's expressions all the time even though you may not know it is the Bard you are quoting. You may think that fact is "neither here nor there", but that's "the short and the long of it."
Bernard Levin said it best in the following quote about Shakespeare's impact on our language:
"If you cannot understand my argument, and declare "It's Greek to me", you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you recall your salad days, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more in sorrow than in anger, if your wish is father to the thought, if your lost property has vanished into thin air, you are quoting Shakespeare.
"If you have ever refused to budge an inch or suffered from green-eyed jealousy, if you have played fast and loose, if you have been tongue-tied, a tower of strength, hoodwinked or in a pickle, if you have knitted your brows, made a virtue of necessity, insisted on fair play, slept not one wink, stood on ceremony, danced attendance (on your lord and master), laughed yourself into stitches, had short shrift, cold comfort or too much of a good thing, if you have seen better days or lived in a fool's paradise - why, be that as it may, the more fool you, for it is a foregone conclusion that you are (as good luck would have it) quoting Shakespeare.
"If you think it is early days and clear out bag and baggage, if you think it is high time and that that is the long and short of it, if you believe that the game is up and that truth will out even if it involves your own flesh and blood, if you lie low till the crack of doom because you suspect foul play, if you have your teeth set on edge (at one fell swoop) without rhyme or reason, then - to give the devil his due - if the truth were known (for surely you have a tongue in your head) you are quoting Shakespeare.
"Even if you bid me good riddance and send me packing, if you wish I were dead as a door-nail, if you think I am an eyesore, a laughing stock, the devil incarnate, a stony-hearted villain, bloody-minded or a blinking idiot, then - by Jove! O Lord! Tut, tut! for goodness' sake! what the dickens! but me no buts - it is all one to me, for you are quoting Shakespeare."
So, Why Study Shakespeare?
I can remember how much I despised reading and discussing Julius Caesar back in High School (in 1954 or '55) and how I thought that Shakespeare must have been a real snob to use all those high-toned words and roundabout expressions (metaphors). Being a snob in those days, in rural Indiana, was, to we down-home Hoosiers, the epitome of arrogance.
It wasn't until much later in my life that I discovered the merits of using the exactly correct word and most effective metaphor when laboring over a serious composition.
And there are some of Shakespeare's works, especially the poems, that I still do not understand.
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WORD FOR TODAY
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2. A blunt needle for pulling tape or ribbon through a series of loops or a hem.
3. A long hairpin, usually with an ornamental head.
4. (Printing) An awl or pick for extracting letters from set type.
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