April 23, 2014

Vintage Book, Phrases, and a Birthday

I spent yesterday afternoon scouring the bookcases at the local St. Vincent De Paul thrift store, and enjoyed paging through books that interested me.  Children's books are priced at 25¢ and hard cover books sell for 69¢. While many books, caught my eye only two books came home with me. 

A child's book titled Dippers by Barbara Nichol and illustrated by Barry Moser with a copyright of 1997 that had amazing graphics. I will share that book in an upcoming post.

As I was ready to leave the book area a blue cloth covered book caught my eye with it's gold lettering on the spine reading Literary England.
The inside cover page states:
This book is the development of a picture essay on
Literary England that appeared in Life Magazine of June 14, 1943.
The pictures are owned by Life and the copyright by the Time Inc., 1944

Last night my attention was divided between television, who advanced on to the next show of The Voice, and reading poems and looking at photos that related to the poem.

Lovely poems by, William Langland, Geoffrey Chaucer, Edmund Spenser, and William Shakespeare.

The book has no page numbers, each poem is numbered, has a title page and explanation about author, poem and photograph.

Photo shows the coasts of England were the ramparts of Shakespeare's world. Below is another example of Shakespeare's work.

Today we remember William Shakespeare who on this day would have been 450 years old. A FaceBook post today, gave a link to an article about the Bard's legacy. From The Independentan article titled; William Shakespeare's 450th birthday: 50 everyday phrases that came from the Bard, I thought it was an interesting read.

According to the newspaper article in  The Independent many phrases from Shakespeare's poetry and plays, are still widely used.

Happy Birthday Wills!
To this day, we speak your language and most of us don't even know:

- "For goodness sake" - Henry VIII
- "Neither here not there" - Othello

- "Mum's the word" - Henry VI, Part II

- "Eaten out of house and home" - Henry IV, Part II
- "Rant" - Hamlet
- "Knock knock! Who's there?" - Macbeth
- "All's well that ends well" - All's Well That Ends Well
- "With bated breath" - The Merchant of Venice
- "A wild goose chase" - Romeo and Juliet
- "Assassination" - Macbeth
- "Too much of a good thing" - As You Like It
- "A heart of gold" - Henry V
- "Such stuff as dreams are made on" - The Tempest
- "Fashionable" - Troilus and Cressida
- "What the dickens" - The Merry Wives of Windsor
- "Puking" - As You Like It
- "Lie low" - Much Ado About Nothing
- "Dead as a doornail" - Henry VI, Part II
- "Not slept one wink" - Cymbeline
- "Foregone conclusion" - Othello
- "The world's mine oyster" - The Merry Wives of Windsor

- "Obscene" - Love's Labour's Lost
- "Bedazzled" - The Taming of the Shrew
- "In stitches" - Twelfth Night
- "Addiction" - Othello
- "Naked truth" - Love's Labour's Lost
- "Faint-hearted" - Henry VI, Part I
- "Send him packing" - Henry IV
- "Vanish into thin air" - Othello
- "Swagger" - Henry V
- "Own flesh and blood" - Hamlet
- "Truth will out" - The Merchant of Venice
- "Zany" - Love's Labour's Lost
- "Give the devil his due" - Henry IV, Part I
- "There's method in my madness" - Hamlet
- "Salad days" - Antony and Cleopatra
- "Wear your heart on your sleeve" - Othello
- "Spotless reputation" - Richard II
- "Full circle" - King Lear
- "There's the rub" - Hamlet
- "All of a sudden" - The Taming of the Shrew
- "Come what may" - Macbeth


  1. Thanks, Paulette, for reminding me why I kept asking myself why I should remember something about today. While teaching for 37 years, my students and I always had birthday cake to celebrate Will Shakespeare's birth. I stopped doing that 6 years ago when I retired from teaching, and I miss it. Maybe we can find a cake for dessert tonight here in Italy. ;) Linda@Wetcreek Blog

  2. I loved this post Paulette! In many ways Shakespeare invented modern English, and he was certainly an inventer of timeless tales....Happy Birthday Wills!

  3. Who would have known that those terms came from Shakespeare - a person learns something new every day!