Shakespeare

Shakespeare Pickup Lines

Shakespeare isn’t a stranger to love. He’s written about it in a comic sense (Twelfth Night, Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest), a tragic sense (Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra), and has even inserted love stories into his historic plays (Henry V). It should come as no surprise then, blog reader, that many lines in Shakespeare’s plays can have real life applications of picking up someone you’d like to have relations with. Shakespeare’s characters did it and so can you! Here are some of my favorite Shakespeare pickup lines and how I think they can be applied in real life.

Journeys end in lovers meeting,
Every wise man’s son doth know.
– The Clown, Twelfth Night

This would be a great line to use after last call at a bar. Just go up to your gender of choice and drop this on them, say it’s from Shakespeare, and I’m pretty sure you’ll at least get to second base. At least.

The course of true love never did run smooth.
– Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ever have an awkward first date? Or third? Or…any? Maybe just an awkward first meeting? This line is great for that. If you spill hot soup in your date’s lap or go in for a kiss and instead lick their nose (it happens), this line is a great way to recover from that.

Teaching Shakespeare? Check Out These Three Common Core Lesson Plans.

Last year I started an undergraduate research project titled Integrating Technology into the California Common Core Performance Classroom. From inception to completion the project took me a year, but I am very happy with the results. Here’s the abstract to get a taste of what my research was on:

In 2010, President Barack Obama set forth a plan called “Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology” which mandated that technology needed to be integrated into American classrooms to enhance student learning (Ash). The need for technology in the classroom is not only government endorsed but helps improve students’ familiarity with the use of technology in a future job market that is becoming globalized and technology-driven (Ehrlich). In 2013, the Los Angeles Unified School District spent one billion dollars to distribute Apple iPads to over 47 schools in an effort to comply with the directives set forth through President Obama’s plan and ended up recalling the iPads in under a week due to the operating system being hacked (“L.A. Unified”). The purpose of this project is to find ways of meeting the 2010 mandated use of technology within a performance-based classroom teaching Shakespeare by creating learning opportunities in which technology can be incorporated into the classroom through the use of student-generated content. Through examination of other successful classroom models incorporating technology, looking ahead at some proposed, yet still controversial, technology-driven classroom models, utilizing performance approaches to teaching Shakespeare, and studying the new Common Core standards being implemented in K-12 schools throughout the nation, a hybrid of technology and the study of 16th century Shakespearean plays can be successfully implemented in a Common Core classroom.

The Bookstores of Berkeley: Shakespeare & Co.

As stated in an earlier post, I spent some time up in Berkeley, California, at a conference. I took a short flight up the coast of California and lugged my stuff into the dorm I’d be sharing for my stay and then I was free until the conference started the next day.

On our cab ride in from the airport, I saw something magical. I saw a book store. I wanted to go there, so after grabbing some pizza, I did. It was called Shakespeare & Co.

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Of course it was the name that first drew me to this bookstore, but once inside, it was the books that drew me to this book store.

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This store had a great collection of used books to choose from, including a section of rare books that I just wanted to touch. So I did.

Literary Paraphernalia: Shakespeare Shirts

Want to look literary this summer? You could always walk around with a book or two, or you could wear some awesome Shakespeare inspired shirts. If you’re interested in owning any of these shirts, click on the image and you’ll be taken to the Etsy.Com page where the shirts are for sale.

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Our first shirt features a quote from Twelfth Night. Orsino is crushing hard on Olivia, and Olivia doesn’t return his sentiment so, of course, as any love struck person would do, Orsino listens to music while plotting a new way of winning Olivia’s favor. For more, read the play. To look cool, wear the shirt.

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Beat the heat in this cropped shirt featuring none other than The Bard’s face. Wearing a dude’s face on your shirt is cool, right? I think so, at least.

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Heck yes I do. I mean we do. I mean, you should wear this shirt because it’s cool. There’s just something about a man with a mastery of words that looks awesome on a t-shirt.

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This slouchy-shirt is long sleeved, but will keep you cool nonetheless. Want to hear a funny story? I did this scene from Henry V in class, and I was playing Kate and my scene partner was playing Henry. We originally agreed to NOT do the kiss, and to capture the surprise that Kate would have when Henry kissed her without her permission, my scene partner did the same, in class, during our final. At least we got the A.

Shakespearean Insults, Bitches!

No matter how much literature changes and how different our times get, Shakespeare’s works are relevant. As his birthday (actually his baptism date since his birthdate is unknown) approaches, wouldn’t it be fun to hurl insults at each other in the words of Shakespeare? Here is a list of Shakespearean insults. All you have to do is take one word/phrase from each column and then fling it at the artless bat-fowling barnacle that looks at you the wrong way. It is important to add “Thou” or “Thou art a…” before each insult. Don’t be a frothy flap-mouthed pignut. Try it out.

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There is No New Shakespeare Play – The Story is a Fake

I’m a fan of Shakespeare and while I would love nothing more than for there to be a new play of his uncovered, it simply isn’t going to be found in some family’s attic or basement or in the form of a book. Recently, a website called The World News Daily Report posted a story that claimed the following:

The team of experts from the auction house Christie’s, have confirmed this morning that a 16th century book found recently in the personnal collection of a recently deceased English Lord, is indeed an authentic printed version of William Shakespeare’s lost play, The History of Cardenio.

Seems legit, right? Well, let’s see what else is on the front page of this news source:

Aliens and Antichrists...seems legit?
Aliens and Antichrists…seems legit?

The Daily News Report is not a real news website, as the above picture confirms, but there are other clues in their claim of a new Shakespeare text that points to falsehood.

You Might have Quoted Shakespeare Today

Shakespeare was more than just a wordsmith–he was also the inventor of many idiomatic expressions we commonly use today. Some of his most popular phrases that most people will recognize as his work are “green eyed monster,” “a plague on both your houses,” “a horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse,” “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well, Horatio,” and so on. But there are many more idioms he coined that we use everyday that you might not recognize as Shakespeare’s work.

“As cold as any stone”
From King Henry V

This idiom is used generally to describe someone as being unfeeling, but in Henry V the phrase was used to describe the feeling of a dead man lying in bed.

“As merry as the day is long”
From Much Ado About Nothing and King John

This idiom is used to express being happy and Shakespeare used it in the same fashion, although usually in a negative comparison to actions other characters had taken. I could have been as merry as the day is long if you hadn’t done something stupid is the modern equivalent to how Shakespeare used this phrase.

“As good luck would have it”
From The Merry Wives of Windsor

I almost don’t need to describe this one. It just means that you’ve run into a bought of good luck, just as Falstaff had in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Shakespeare Compliments

The Cobbe Portrait, William Shakespeare

A few days ago, Buzzfeed posted an article (do we call those things articles? I’ve heard the term listicle thrown around, but that doesn’t do it justice either. It’s just a page full of animated gifs with very limited words and no critical analysis. I digress…) titled 15 Shakespearean Insults to Replace Your Boring Ones and have also put together other similar articles like 17 Shakespearean Insults to Unleash In Everyday Life.

Shakespeare Nerd Status: +1,000 (Happy Birthday to Me!)

I’m turning 30 this year. I can’t say I’m exciting about it, but I do have an exciting birthday lined up.

And by exciting I mean I’ll be attending a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that is followed by a lecture by a Shakespearean on my actual birthday, which falls on a Friday.

This is me:

At a Shakespeare seminar, where I spoke, none the less.
At a Shakespeare seminar, where I spoke, none the less.

This is what I do for fun:

Shakespeare Gear on Etsy

Etsy is a dangerous, dangerous site. And below is where I will prove this claim.

Lego Shakespeare – possibly THE BEST kind of Shakespeare?

This might not seem dangerous, but let me explain. I never knew this existed before. Now that I know it exist and where to find it, I can now want it. Someday, when I have extra money, I am going to buy this thing and love it.

How charming.

And I will most likely buy this as well. I can’t help it.