Category Archives: Shakespeare Invocations

Invocations are means to express our emotions, of pleasure, pain and just about everything in between. Shakespeare is an original, elegant and effective source of invocations. Depending on circumstances, the invocation may or may not work, but its utterer will likely be remembered.

The Bay of Pigs

What seest thou else in the dark backward and abysm of time? The Tempest, act 1. During this April 2016, an anniversary escaped the notice of most – 55 years have run their course since the Bay of Pigs invasion … Continue reading

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Terror On The Paris Express

“Who cannot steal a shape that means deceit?” (King Henry VI p2, act 3) I was determined to believe that the drama on the fast train to Paris, was a stellar victory in the War on Terror. The mainstream media … Continue reading

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Murder Most Foul

“Murder most foul, as in the best it is”… but the murder of yet another innocent family in Gorlovka, East Ukraine, properly qualifies for being “most foul, strange and unnatural.” And, given that brevity is the soul of wit (1), … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and One Medal Too Many

“What a god is gold, That he is worshipp’d in a baser temple Than where swine feed!” Timon of Athens, act 5, sc. 1 This week, with the customary pomp and circumstance, Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Injustice and Careers

“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall: Some run from brakes of ice, and answer none: And some condemned for a fault alone.” (Measure For Measure, act 2, sc.1) On September 5, 2014, Henry McCollum and his half … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, New-speak, Double-think & Black-white

“A crafty knave does need no broker” (KHVI p2.1.2) Readers of this blog will no doubt have independently observed the current and ever-increasing instances of “Orwellian moments” in the speeches, utterings and “new-speak” declarations by regime pundits, or in sundry … Continue reading

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Shakespeare & Murder at Sarajevo, part 2

“… hie thee from this slaughter-house, Lest thou increase the number of the dead” (King Richard III, act 4, sc. 1) In Aug 1914 millions of young people marched to their death as merry as the singers in the stars. … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Antiseptic and Anesthetic Words

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2 So says Juliet, thinking that, yes, Romeo is a Montague by last name, and as … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Defeat of the Swiss Referendum on Compensations

“Do they all deny her? An they were sons of mine, I’d have them whipped; or I would send them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of.“ (All’s Well That Ends Well, act 2, sc. 5) When it became known … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Despair

 “…is it sin To rush into the secret house of death, Ere death dare come to us? “ (Antony and Cleopatra, act 4) According to current statistics 22 US Veterans commit suicide daily!  Recently, the New York Times published the … Continue reading

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