Shakespeare’s Curse

“Don’t even think about it, punk”

Happy Halloween!

Inscribed on Shakespeare’s gravestone is the following:

Good frend for Jesus sake forebeare,/ To digg the dust encloased heare;/ Bleste be the man that spares thes stones,/ And curst be he that moves my bones

I’ve just completed a draft for an edited collection on burial sites in Renaissance poetry, and given the occassion it seems appropriate to meditate for a moment on some Gothic epigrams.

My personal favourite is the oft quoted line from Lovecraft:

That is not dead which can eternal lie. And with strange aeons even death may die. 

And here is an interesting one from Walpole himself:

This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel

This one from Poe doesn’t really qualify as an epigram, but I think it is cool anyway:

That the play is the tragedy “Man,” And its hero the Conqueror Worm.

Happy Halloween once again, and remember:

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn


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