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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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