Saturday, August 22, 2015
Hoist on My Own Petard and William Shakespeare
All of which is to say that the use of that saying has pointed me back to Shakespeare, and now I am heading back to his plays after nearly 50 years. (That's how long since my sophomore year at Duke, when "I took the course," as if that completed anything.) Not that I was aware that the source of "Hoist on my own petard" was Macbeth. In responding to my email, my friend ended her response with thanks for my pointing her to Shakespeare. I thought, "what?!" Did I ever know that?
So, naturally, I am undertaking a Shakespeare journey. Here is what I have equipped myself with: (a) The Oxford Shakespeare: the Complete Works 2nd Edition; (b) Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion; and (c) Marjorie Garber's Shakespeare After All. In addition, Professor Garber has lectures on YouTube, and I so far I have watched this introductory one. She is simply wonderful.
(Despite my links to Amazon, I bought what I could in used books, when the economics make sense. I use half.com, abebooks.com, and, increasingly, Amazon's own used book offerings.)