Shakespeare and the Nation Within

Shakespeare came up yesterday, popping up as he so often does and often will as long as English is around –  even if he vanishes from the schools – because he embedded himself in the language. But enough hectoring. The question is: was WS a dog lover? Afraid not. There are lots of dog references – including “cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war” from Julius Caesar (see yesterday’s post), but there is only one named on stage canine character in all of the plays – Crab in Two Gentlemen of Verona – and the references aren’t loving. Well, no one’s perfect, not even Mr. S. Crab! Do you think there’s one single Crab among all the dogs in the world at this moment? Good grief.



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4 Responses to “Shakespeare and the Nation Within”

  1. B. Stover
    11:20 am on December 4th, 2021


    Good day to all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:22 pm on December 4th, 2021


    I just lost 3 Scrabble games in a row to Grizz…Heh!

    Franklin you did a great job on the Christmas tree! I hope your folks can get a picture of you in front of it.

    Good afternoon to all!

  3. Herd of Hounds
    5:18 pm on December 4th, 2021

    Ol Willie boy may not have cared much for dogs, but I don’t recall many kitty cats mentioned in his writings either, so it all works out.

  4. mlaiuppa
    1:18 am on December 8th, 2021

    I’m not so sure Will wasn’t a dog lover. He wasn’t a dog hater.

    I fondly remember the dog in Midsummernight’s Dream. There was no reason to include the dog but he did. And although he didn’t name the dog it is referred to as “my dog” in the man in the moon speech.

    And Petruchio has a dog too. I think his name is Troilus.

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