Thursday, 11 July 2019

"Iambic Pentameter Is My Bitch"

Time once again to raise the tone of this blog, courtesy of the Bard of Avon --



Thanks to Willym of Will He or Won't He, on whose blog I found this video about six months ago.

But more recently, major kudos are due to Will who just scored 7/7 on the very difficult Folger Shakespeare Library's Ultimate Shakespeare Trivia Quiz.

I myself scored a paltry 2/7. But am I bitter?


38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not bitter one bit ha ha ! Have a super day and I sure hope your weather is calmer than the rest of weastern Canada, crazy weather eh’

anne marie in philly said...

WOO HOO for willym! strive for 7 next year, debra! I wonder if raybeard could score 7/7?

Miss Val's Creations said...

I just love me some Shakespeare fun!

Marie Smith said...

Only 2/7 here too. Lol to the video.

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Ha!
Omg I needs that!
Oh, and I also need that mug now.

XoXo

Parnassus said...

Hello Debra, This mug reminds me of Robert Benchley's essay 'Shakespeare Explained', a fake "student edition" of Pericles with every word footnoted, including "the" and "and" ("a favorite conjunction of Shakespeare's..."), with additional examples of these words quoted from other plays. It's worth reading just for the illustrations by Gluyas Williams ("Might be one of the hautboys bearing a box of trognies for the actors to suck.").
--Jim

Bob said...

I looked at the test, but the first two questions scared me off so I ran!

Susan said...

Oh, love this!

Deedles said...

I'm with Bob! I was to chicken to even guess at the answers.

Bill Lisleman said...

funny video - kids hunched over books of sonnets - we wish

jadedj said...

Upstart Crow...I LOVE it, But alas, even with that under my belt and a lifetime of his plays...I scored...2 out of 7. It ain't for the faint of heart, I'm telling you.

Jenn said...

I am sure my score would be embarrassing if I took the quiz! Many year ago I visited Stratford Upon Avon, but have not retained anything I learned. haha

DEZMOND said...

But what does Marlow think of this?

e said...

That is funny! And, I love the cup. I'm sending the quiz to my buddy Lisa, a retired drama teacher. I'm sure she'll beat my score of 3/7.
Cheers!

^.^ said...

Hilarious video, friend D. I scored 1/7 … however … since I am blessed with a photographic memory, I scored 7/7 upon retrying … smiles. Love, cat.

Leanna said...

All things Shakespeare are my favorite. I took the test and got 2 wrong. The movie and Falstaff. I spelled Falstaff with one f. I love Upstart Crow.

Moving with Mitchell said...

You scored a 2! Now I'm tempted to take it to see if I can even manage a 1!

LL Cool Joe said...

Apparently Tupac was into Shakespeare. I can't even spell his name.

Joanne Noragon said...

One of seven here, and it had the nerve to ask if it was tougher than I expected.

Kirk said...

Me 2, so don't feel bad.

Adam said...

I use that hamlet line as a twitter insult many a time.

Ol'Buzzard said...

We love Upstart Crow.
the Ol'Buzzard

Rain said...

Eeegad, I scored 2 out of 7 and I guessed at one of the correct ones lol...funny I always thought I knew so much about Shakespeare!!

brewella deville said...

Hoisted by my own petard! I picked the right answers six out of seven times, then second guessed myself into a 2/7. Dang.

Laura said...

I only scored 2/7 as well. Oops!
blessings
~*~

This N That said...

Hamlet actually said "No"? Not "I thinketh not" ?? You probably did better than I would have..Have a super weekend..

Jill said...

Lol, this is great, thank you for sharing! Have a great weekend!

Blessings,
Jill

baili said...

haha video is interesting and funny

i just checked the question but i have to remind myself what i had read about Shakespeare lol for the sake of accurate reply of course

Cup is nice and impressive

Guillaume said...

I have a recurring Shakespeare obsession too.

Magaly Guerrero said...

"Who the bard? Me the bard!" Bwahahaha!

I'm totally bookmarking this for future stealing.

Janie Junebug said...

Four. To be fair to myself, although I majored in English and took a Shakespeare class, we didn't read all of the plays. I think I'm okay with four. I'm a little concerned it will keep me awake for a night or two, but four is better than nuttin'.

Love,
Janie

Ur-spo said...

I've been off line for a while. Who will be reading more often? Iambic Iambic I am.

Magic Love Crow said...

I love that video! LOL! I scored 0/7! LOL! Big Hugs!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I'll have to eat lunch first …….

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I got a 5! Thank you to Madame Mary Cyril and some wild guess work.

Liz Hinds said...

Have you watched Upstart Crow? It's very good.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Liz Hinds -- No, I haven't but I want to now!

Rommy said...

LOL, I enjoy Shakespeare, but I'm no trivia whiz on his works. I might have one friend who would do well on that quiz, but she does community theater involving Shakespeare regularly.