The list, the list, that list. Again!
What sort of dingbat puts up on her blog a list of things she planned to do in the next decade when she knows that procrastination is her middle name? I am that dingbat: I put up such a list. Now, I do things that are urgent or important pronto-pronto but when it comes to anything else I can procrastinate for the planet.
Ergo there is no need to ask if I have opened a copy of Hamlet – reading it was on the list – let alone read it because the answer on both counts is negative. And I’d lief not say exactly how many items on the list I’ve crossed off.
I did check recently to see if I had a copy of Hamlet on my bookshelves. I knew I had two volumes of a Shakespeare that my Mum gave me a few years back when she was doing a clear out but obviously there are many more volumes in the set because Hamlet is nowhere to be found in the two I have. Although one of them has notes on the play. The books themselves are beautiful filled as they are with copious lovely illustrations. Natch I had to while away a few hours looking at these.
And then procrastination pounced again when I popped down the internet rabbit hole in search of Shakespearean phrases. Just in case you don’t know, and I am sure you do, Shakespeare coined many phrases that are still in everyday use. Such as:
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be” – Hamlet
“Brave new world” – The Tempest
“Break the ice” – The Taming of the Shrew
“Brevity is the soul of wit” – Hamlet
“Dead as a doornail” – Henry VI Part II
“Devil incarnate” – Titus Andronicus / Henry V
“Eaten me out of house and home” – Henry IV Part II
“Forever and a day” – As You Like It
“Foregone conclusion” – Othello
“Jealousy is the green-eyed monster” – Othello
“Heart of gold” – Henry V
“Kill with kindness” – The Taming of the Shrew
“Knock knock! Who’s there?” – Macbeth
“Laughing stock” – The Merry Wives of Windsor
“Mum’s the word” – Henry VI, Part II
“A wild goose chase” – Romeo and Juliet
“Own flesh and blood” – Hamlet
“There’s method in my madness” – Hamlet
“Wear your heart on your sleeve” – Othello
There are lots more see here and I am sure google could find many others.
I bought a copy of Hamlet today. Now, to read or not to read it is not the question. Forsooth it’s more a case of when wilt I.