Shakespeare 400

Today is the 400th death anniversary of one of the UK’s most formidable and influential playwrights, William Shakespeare, who died at the age of 52 on the 23rd April 1616. One of my more enduring memories of studying Shakespeare’s plays was playing a guard in a school drama production of Macbeth.

“To be, or not to be, that is the question” (Hamlet)

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Hallowe’en 2015 – 2

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.
 – Macbeth, William Shakespeare

Happy Hallowe’en from Gifville!!!

Credits: AG via Christmas 2015, New Year 2016 Quotes, SMS, Messages, Gift Ideas,  Poetry Foundation