The problem with Shakespeare lies in the seemingly archaic language - a perception maintained to this day despite the fact that Modern English was founded in the 16th Century with Shakespeare as one of its main progenitors. No other individual has contributed more words or phrases to the English language, many of them still in use today.
All of the following common phrases are Shakespearean in origin:
~ a foregone conclusion ~ all corners of the world
~ eaten out of house and home ~ it was Greek to me
~ fight fire with fire ~ night owl
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Many famous works of literature have quotes from Shakespeare as their titles:
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – Tom Stoppard
The Moon is Down – John Steinbeck
Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution – Adrienne Rich
Titles from Shakespeare reveals an amazing number of authors who have been inspired by his words.
Goodreads has a wonderful list of books devoted to "Willsphernalia".
Our challenge is to find a phrase or quote from Shakespeare to either inspire a poem or to use as the title of the finished piece.
I have provided a quick link to the Goodreads page of Quotes from Shakespeare.
For those of you who have stuck around to the end of my post, I will leave you with these words:
“Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the good we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt.”
― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure