Tagged: 1600s

Lit rec #265: “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them” (1602).

Yellow garters! Shipwreck, cross-dressing, true love. Esp. brought to life by Mark Rylance. TWELFTH NIGHT by Shakespeare.

12th night




Lit rec #263: Only Surpassed by Shakespeare in his time (1599).

Some 16th century magic. Thanks to HOL for reminding me of this one. “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe.



Lit rec #238: “Do not weep. Do not wax indignant. Understand.” (1677)

Einstein believed in Spinoza’s mathematically-supported version of God as infinity/nature. Excommunicated. ETHICS by Baruch Spinoza.



Lit rec #190: Forget this rotten world, and unto thee / Let thine own times as an old story be. (1621)

17th Century Fav. After death, unread and dismissed for hundreds of years. Been back since 1919! “Second Anniversary” by John Donne


Lit rec #160: “World Enough and Time…” (1681).

andymarvellIf only politicians today(House of Commons or otherwise)could write metaphysical poetry like this.TO HIS COY MISTRESS by Andrew Marvell.




Lit rec #65: “I’ll tickle your catastrophe” – Falstaff (1600).

The story of a young visionary boy who becomes a king & outgrows his best friend Falstaff. HENRY IV, PART I & II by William Shakespeare.