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7 Times Shakespeare Walked Right Out Of The 21st Century

The Bard is more millennial than you.

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1. When he sang some Taylor Swift


Shake it off. Come on;

We’ll visit Caliban my slave.

The Tempest

2. When he obsessed over women’s eyebrows


And then the lover,

Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad

Made to his mistress’ eyebrow.

As You Like It

3. When he called Queen Margaret Shakira


She-wolf of France, but worse than wolves of France,

Whose tongue more poisons than the adder’s tooth.

Henry VI Part III

4. When he told the first “Your Mum” joke


Thou hast undone our mother.


Villain, I have done thy mother.

Titus Andronicus

5. When he described the archetypal hipster


Petruchio is coming in a new hat and an old

jerkin, a pair of old breeches thrice turned, a pair

of boots that have been candle-cases, one buckled,

another laced

The Taming of the Shrew

6. When he invented “lol”


The large Achilles, on his press’d bed lolling,

From his deep chest laughs out a loud applause

Troilus and Cressida

7. When Cleopatra’s ex gets a new girlfriend and she demands every last detail


Is she as tall as me?

Didst hear her speak? Is she shrill-tongued or low?

Bear’st thou her face in mind? Is’t long or round?

Her hair, what colour?

Antony and Cleopatra

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