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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

PROSPERO

Shake it off. Come on;

We’ll visit Caliban my slave.

The Tempest

2. When he obsessed over women’s eyebrows

JAQUES

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

YORK

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

CHIRON

Thou hast undone our mother.

AARON

Villain, I have done thy mother.

Titus Andronicus

5. When he described the archetypal hipster

BIONDELLO

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”

ULYSSES

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

CLEOPATRA

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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