16th Century Joke of the Day!

March 10, 2011

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One being asked why he loued so extreamly such a foule, crooked, and squint ey’d creature: he answered: She makes yee a most daintie Sallade of Lettuce. http://shipbrook.com/jeff/jokes.html

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They don’t know what love is because they think they can define it

March 10, 2011

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King Lear is in many ways, centered around inexpressibility. The notion of inexpressibility, or the limits to language or discourse, becomes a tool in itself within Shakespeare’s plays. The initial conflict began because Cordelia describes how: “Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave My heart into my mouth” (Act 1, Scene 1, 94-95). One of […]

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16th Century Joke of the Day!

March 5, 2011

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A Seruing-man was jesting with his maisters foole, and made him beleeue he would cut off his head: The Foole ranne straight to his maister and told him of it: who answered: Hee shall not cut off thy head, if hee doe, I’le hang him the next day after: Nay I pray (reply’d the Foole) […]

King Lear’s Fool and Saturday Night Live

March 5, 2011

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As mentioned in previous posts, Shakespeare likes to show the reality in life through various forms of representation. The Fool is a figure that he used as a tool in his works to conflict with the power of the monarchy and aristocratic society. The Fool is known to be a part of poor culture, and […]

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16th Century Joke of the Day!

March 2, 2011

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Two Theeues came by night to rob a Marchantes shop, and it chanced that a boy lay there that night, who ouer-hearing their attempt, said vnto them: Sirs, get you gone, and come a­gain anon, for I am not yet asleepe   http://shipbrook.com/jeff/jokes.html

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Elizabethan compassion and Canadian socialism

March 2, 2011

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I found it really interesting learning about the Poor Laws in the Elizabethan period. I will summarize first. From the 1663 Act: Three types of ‘Poor’ 1) Deserving Poor – those who need help deservingly (example, orphans needing free healthcare) 2) Deserving Unemployed – Those who are willing and able to work but can’t find […]

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16th Century Joke of the Day!

February 16, 2011

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A vertuous Gentleman seeing a malicious person looke downe on the ground, and continue gazing thereon a good space, said: Questionlesse either some mischiefe is befallen yon­der man, or some good to some other body.   http://shipbrook.com/jeff/jokes.html