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🎤ABOUT LIT: Shakespeare Insult Generator by Barry Kraft and POEM: “That is the Question” by Sarah M. Fredericks

Shakespeare Insult Generator by Barry Kraft, 2014

A PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES!
A POX ON YOUR CHICKEN LIVERS!
THOU FAWNING FOUL-MOUTHED FUSTILARIAN!

There I was, on a sweltering summer afternoon, browsing in an air-conditioned bookstore, when I discovered a Shakespearean book by Barry Kraft. Was it an in-depth analysis of the Bard’s 38+ 16th-century plays?  An instruction book for aspiring poets on creating sonnets with iambic pentameter?  Or a collection of Shakespeare’s famous quotes for the serious Elizabethan scholar? Not even close! Imagine my surprise–and sheer joy–when on page eleven of this nifty little 6″ x 5″ book, I  read the first of many Shakespearean insults: “APISH, BALD-PATED ABOMINATION” Continue reading

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🎤 POEM: “A Passion for Reason” by Sarah M. Fredericks

“A Passion for Reason” – a little satire to promote the Classics by Sarah M. Fredericks, Irish (1960-present)

I wrote the above poem while reading about The Age of Reason (The Enlightenment) which occurred in 17th and 18th century Europe.  A group of philosophical intellectuals decided that instead of relying on traditions and superstitions (especially those based on faith), they should emphasize individualism, reason, the scientific method, and reading the Classics to advance society.  Continue reading

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