Reviled Trump

June 26th, 2017 → 5:41 am

    “All the commons
    Hate him perniciously and, o’ my conscience,
    Wish him ten fathom deep.” – Henry VIII

The “commons” are the “people.”  And hate Trump the majority of them do.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians & Stupid/Evil People

Wounded Trump

June 23rd, 2017 → 6:39 am

“Ye blew the fire that burns ye.” – Henry VIII

He is his own worst enemy.

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Manic Trump

June 20th, 2017 → 5:29 am

    “My lord, we have
    Stood here observing him.  Some strange commotion
    Is in his brain.  He bites his lip, and starts,
    Stops on a sudden, looks upon the ground,
    Then lays his finger on his temple; straight
    Springs out into fast gait, then stops again,
    Strikes his breast hard, and anon he casts
    His eye against the moon.  In most strange postures
    We have seen him set himself.” – Henry VIII

Trump is unhinged, to say the least.

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Trump Heartburn

June 17th, 2017 → 5:31 am

    “How tartly that gentleman looks!  I never can
    see him but I am heartburned an hour after.” – Much Ado About Nothing

Two upfront apologies:  1) I’ve begun reading Much Ado About Nothing this week, so I may have a plethora of quotes from just that one play in coming posts,  2) I’ve showed restraint up until now, but there really are a ton of Shakespeare quotes that could apply to Donald Trump.  I may just give in in future weeks and start publishing them one after the other.  Leave it to Beatrice in Much Ado to start us off – I love that woman!

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ShakeDic: quean

June 13th, 2017 → 5:57 am

    “‘Tis strange.  A threepence bowed would hire me,
    Old as I am, to queen it.” – Henry VIII

So Shakespeare didn’t actually write the word “quean” here – meaning a prostitute or an ill-behaved girl – but my Shakespeare text (David Bevington, 4th edition) notes that speakers of this passage would imply “quean” where “queen” is written, in a kind of wink-wink to the audience.  (“bowed” could also be pronounced as “bawd”).  Now I’m wondering how many other times in Shakespeare when I see the word “queen,” might an actor pronounce it to imply prostitute!
(I’m also thinking how sad it is there is no parallel for “king.”)

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ShakeDic: vainglory

June 9th, 2017 → 2:51 pm

    “Have I lived thus long…
    A woman, I dare say without vainglory…” – Henry VIII

vainglory – inordinate pride in oneself or one’s achievements; excessive vanity

I love this word – so many gems out there that have gone out of use!  Too bad!  I can think of at least one orange-haired dude to whom this word could be applied every single day.

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One Love Manchester

June 5th, 2017 → 10:44 am

    “Once I sat upon a promontory,
    And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin’s back,
    Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,
    That the rude sea grew civil at her song,
    And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,
    To hear the sea maid’s music.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A shout out to Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Liam Gallagher, and all the other musicians (and fans!) who came out for One Love Manchester.  The terrorists will never win.

Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art

Back to Work

May 31st, 2017 → 5:35 am

    “My nature is subdued
    To what it works in, like the dyer’s hand.” – Sonnet 111

I’m back from a brief family vacation.  Trying to get back into work again.  I sat at my desk all day yesterday subdued…quiet…pensive, like the professor I am.

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Trump & Wolsey

May 18th, 2017 → 5:25 am

    “He was a man
    Of an unbounded stomach, ever ranking
    Himself with princes; one that by suggestion
    Tied all the kingdom.  Simony was fair play.
    His own opinion was his law.  I’ the presence
    He would say untruths, and be ever double
    Both in his words and meaning.  He was never,
    But where he meant to ruin, pitiful.
    His promises were, as he then was, mighty;
    But his performance, as he is now, nothing.” – Henry VIII

In this passage Katherine of Arragon is describing Cardinal Wolsey after his fall.  It is impressive the similarities to Donald Trump.  Both men were fat (“unbounded stomach”), egotistical (“ranking himself with princes”), chaotic (“tied all the kingdom”), corrupt (“simony was fair play”), narcissistic (“his own opinion was his law”), prone to lying (“he would say untruths”), pitiful (“pitiful”), and eventually, nothing (“his performance, as he is now, nothing”).  I only wonder what will be  Donald Trump’s end.

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May 14th, 2017 → 5:56 am

    “Do you know me, Father?
    Do you not know me, Father?
    It is a wise father that knows his own child.” – The Merchant of Venice

The next two weeks are family time.  In-laws come to visit, then a quick trip to Legoland with a six year old.  We’ll see who knows who by the end of it…

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