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Happy Birthday Shakespeare!

Today is one of my favorite great literary author's birthday: William Shakespeare actually was born and died on the same day, April 23. I've read almost all of his works but it wasn't until today that I surprisingly realized how often his lines reference food! The most famous of course, is when the witches in Macbeth make a bubbling soup but there are tons of quotes about apples, barley, cheese, duck, eggs, leeks, veal, mushrooms, and much more. In most cases, the characters that express themselves in terms of appetite are of lower class such as Falstaff in Henry IV. Wine has an even bigger role in his plays with mentions of it in 26 out of 37 works. My current favorite Shakespeare quote (from Twelfth Night) mentions food but uses it more metaphorically: If music be the food of love, play on.


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lorioz lorioz 10 years
Happy Birthday! Love Shakespeare, love twelfth night. Perhaps I'll read a play today!
jendudley jendudley 10 years
I love shakespeare! I am an english major, so I have read most f his works. My favorites are the sonnets. Happy Bday Shakes, hopefully you would be thrilled if you knew how much influence you had!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Twelfth Night is a good one and a great quote! Here's one from my personal favorite, Much Ado About Nothing - "Come, come; let us thither: this may prove food to my displeasure." Ah, the book lover is me is coming out today!
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 10 years
I *have* to chime in: the line "if music be the food of love" is spoken at the beginning of Twelfth Night (one of my favorites), but it's not intended the way it sounds out of context. The Duke Orsino is lounging around on a couch, moping because the beautiful Olivia is still in mourning for her brother and won't accept his courting attempts. So the full line is "If music be the food of love, play on;/ Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,/ The appetite may sicken, and so die." I'm sure you Shakespeare buffs already knew, but I had to put the word out in case anyone hadn't read that one. For my next trick, I'll demystify "Now is the winter of our discontent" -- Richard III.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
ooo i just received an invite from a very popular club here for a shakespear party! :D
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
"to be or not be, that is the question" happy brithday to him!
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
Also - happy World Book Day! :) We have dress-up and decorating competitions in school this week with storybook characters as the themes! Fun!
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