Many of you regulars will know that I am fond of Shakespeare’s works and every year take part in one of his plays at the ancient amphitheatre of Curium on Cyprus. But how many of you know that dozens of Shakespeare’s sayings (or more likely sayings used during his lifetime as nothing can be proven) are literally sprinkled throughout our speech. Most of these were the Bard's own work, but he wasn't averse to stealing a good line occasionally and a few of these were 'popularized by' rather than 'coined by' Shakespeare.
Because the majority of you who are reading this are readers and writers, I thought it would be fun to share this with you…and I bet you will be amazed to learn that what was said back in Shakespeare’s time is still very much in usage. The following is just an example but here goes…
If you claim it is, “a forgone conclusion’, you are quoting Shakespeare. (Othello)But if you find, “It’s all a wild goose chase”. It’s also Shakespeare. (Romeo and Juliet) When you say you are “more sinned against than sinning”, you’ll find it is Shakespeare again. (King Lear)
If you recall ‘your salad days’, you are quoting Shakespeare. (Anthony and Cleopatra) but if you act more in “sorrow than anger”, or if your “lost property has vanished into thin air”, you are again quoting Shakespeare. (Hamlet )
So in “fair play” (The Tempest), if you ever refused to “budge an inch” (Taming of the Shrew), or suffered from “green-eyed jealousy” (The Merchant of Venice), then you might be “hot-blooded”. (Merry Wives of Windsor). If “love is blind” (The Merchant of Venice), or you’ve “played fast and loose” (King John), then you might end up “tongue-tied” (Sonnets).
You might find you best friend to be “a tower of strength” (Originally the Bible & later in Richard 3rd), but likewise you could be “hoodwinked” (Romeo & Juliet) or even in “a pickle”. (The Tempest & credited to King Arthur).
Certain things can “make your hair stand on end” (Hamlet), “knit your brows” (King John) or “insist on fair play”.(King John). When you “have not slept one wink” (Cymberline) and “have seen better days” (As you like it or Timon), or even “lived in a fool’s paradise” (Romeo and Juliet), then “the more fool you.”(The Taming of the Shrew).
There can be “no rhyme or reason” (Comedy of Errors), why this is “too much of a good thing” (As you like it). But if you cannot understand my argument and say, “It’s all Greek to me”, you are simply quoting Shakespeare. (Julius Ceasar).
Interesting eh? By the way to title to this post; ‘It’s all one to me’ is taken from Troilus and Cressida
Finally, a few words on where I am at the moment, literary-wise. We authors all have our ups and downs, August (the ‘silly month’) has been so-so but the previous months have been brilliant for me. Thank you everyone for all your kind support x. I can’t do any of this without YOU! x
I finished writing the 4th Diana Rivers mystery suspense thriller this month and it is at the first editor edit stage (nerve wracking!). I hope to see “Camera Action…Murder!” published in the early autumn.
Finally, this week I began my third Romantic Suspense novel, “A Very French Affair”. This is set in Nice, France and is contemporary fiction. I hope to have this finished by the end of the year…all being well!
Once again, many thanks to one and all. Have a great forthcoming weekend.