Friday, March 13, 2015

Does Nobody Know Shakespeare Anymore?

The other day, in response to a situation too complicated and too specific to detail here, FLG said, "Ambition should be made of sterner stuff."   Nobody, not one person, got the reference.   And we are talking about a half a dozen people most of whom have multiple degrees from Ivy League schools.

It's not like FLG was pulling quotes from Timon of Athens (not that he could).  It's one of the most famous soliloquies (well, technically FLG guesses it's a monologue, since Antony is addressing a crowd not talking to himself but still) not just in Shakespeare, but the entire English language, and arguably in any language.   It's not far behind Juliet's or Hamlet's.  The world is going to fucking shit.

3 comments:

Withywindle said...

More, I prithee, more. I can suck melancholy out of a blog-post as a weasel sucks eggs.

Do you suppose your German professional peers are also ignorant of Goethe? Your French ones of Racine? It would be interesting to know how many of them still have the rudiments of a humanist education.

Flavia said...

Okay, I'll fess up that I didn't immediately recognize it as Shakespeare, and had to think for a few minutes.

Though I got Withy's immediately.

Andrew Stevens said...

I recognized FLG's immediately, but had to look up Withy's.

 
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