A fire sparkling

willOnly 5 more love quotes to go in the 100 Things Blogging Challenge.I’ve been posting a little something from my chosen topic for nearly 100 days. I’m often so busy I sometimes neglect this blog for other things. Needless to say, making a commitment to blog 100 days at a time is good for me. When this challenge ends, I’ll do another.

Today I’m offering a little something from the Bard. I’ve said before Shakespeare and I go way back…lol no, I’m not that old.

My love of his works traces roots to an honors English class my freshman year in high school. The teacher, compelled by the spelling of my last name, sat me right next to the scale model of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and the stack of corresponding books I could read if I finished my work before the bell rang. I’ve always been a very fast reader with quick comprehension of the written word so the Bard and I had lots of time together.

As I recall, most of my classmates hated Shakespeare because the language often takes time to interpret. Understanding what he was getting at never gave me trouble, even though he often made up words out of thin air. You have to take the scene as a whole. Once you do that, it all makes beautiful and poetic sense. Shakespeare adherents claim nearly 2000 never-seen-before words came out of that brilliant mind of his, and he often tweaked words. Example: taking a noun and making it a verb of it. Here are just a few we wouldn’t have today if not for his imagination:

academe * accused * addiction * advertising amazement * arouse * assassination * backing * bandit * bedroom * beached * besmirch * birthplace * blanket * bloodstained *barefaced * blushing * bet * bump * buzzer * caked * cater * champion * circumstantial * cold-blooded *compromise *courtship *countless *critic *dauntless* dawn* deafening *discontent *dishearten* drugged* dwindle *epileptic* equivocal *elbow *excitement *exposure eyeball *fashionable *fixture* flawed* frugal* generous* gloomy *gossip *green-eyed *gust *hint* hobnob *hurried *impede* impartial* invulnerable* jaded* label *lackluster* laughable *lonely *lower *luggage *lustrous *madcap *majestic *marketable*mimic *monumental *moonbeam *mountaineer *negotiate *noiseless *obscene *obsequiously *ode *Olympian *outbreak *panders* pedant *premeditated *puking *radiance *rant *remorseless *savagery *scuffle *secure *skim milk *sparkling *submerge *summit *swagger *torture *tranquil *undress *unreal *varied *vaulting *worthless *zany* gnarled* grovel*

Word lover that I am, I fully appreciate his genius. I’ve used these words in my life and in my writing. Not having them would mean a little less color to our language.

Here’s a love quote for today:

“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. Being purged, a 002x846q
fire sparkling in lovers eyes. Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, a choking gall and a preserving sweet.”

~ William Shakespeare

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Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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15 Responses to A fire sparkling

  1. Rose-That was much more interesting than my Etymology class in college! Thanks for posting.

    Martha O’Sullivan

  2. Great post! I knew he had an enormous vocabulary, but I had no idea he created words too.

    • Thanks Andrea. I have the full list on my dead hard drive..so many we take for granted in speech today. One of these days I’ll pay to retrieve my info trapped there. It’s fun to imagine what the heck was going through his mind when he thought some of them up.

  3. Rose,

    I enjoyed your post. Good writers are always lovers of words.

    • I love the shades and nuance words can add to stories. Life is full of shades and I strive to make my writing, even the fanciful pieces, lifelike. Thanks for stopping by Jacqueline. 🙂

  4. Brenna Chase says:

    Wonderful post! It’s always fun to learn something new about The Bard. I knew he’d created words, but not so many!

  5. Another amazing insight from you, Rose. I value your rich mind. I had no idea Shakespeare coined so many words. As you say, one must wonder what was on his mind in the making up of them. I also love your vintage cards~looks like you have a large and delightful collection. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Melissa Keir says:

    Thanks for sharing such important information. I always learn something new from you!

  7. Kaye Spencer says:

    I, too, am ‘one with Shakespeare”, and I’ve often wondered where our language would be today without his “Words, words, words.” 😉

  8. mikey2ct says:

    As a reader who came to appreciate the Bard after finishing school, I didn’t really realize how much he influenced the English language.

    • Kaye and Mike,
      One day, if I can get that dead hard drive to let go of my trapped info, I’ll post the rest of the words he came up with. Just how he influenced our everyday language is rather mind blowing.

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