Shakespeare Quips, Cusses & Curses (Knowledge Cards)

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Shakespeare Quips, Cusses & Curses (Knowledge Cards)

Who can deny the satisfaction in coming up with the right words at the right time to put a rude, insulting, or otherwise unpleasant person in his or her place? For hilarious lessons in the fine art of rapier-sharp retort, pungent put-down, and ego-crushing malediction, we can turn to the master, William Shakespeare. Though more famous for romantic sonnets, Shakespeare also penned some of the most memorably vile personal appraisals, brutal jokes, and lewd, scurrilous insinuations ever to grace the English language. This decimating deck of 48 cards features fill-in-the-blank bawdiness on each front, where the sources are also cited. The completed quip, cuss, or curse is presented on the backside, a familiar target for the bard’s more puerile disparagements. Contextual notes—i.e., who is abusing whom, why, and in what play—support each quotation.

With 48 fact-filled cards per package, Knowledge Cards are a great source of condensed information--all in a deck the size of a pack of playing cards.

  • 48 quiz cards
  • Pack: 3-1/4` W x 4` H

 

History

Otello

Giuseppe Verdi’s four-act opera, Otello, based on Shakespeare’s Othello, is set in the late 15th century on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Otello is the 25th title of the 26 operas, which were composed by Verdi. He was 74 years old when he wrote it (1884-1886).

The story adheres closely to the Bard’s play. Otello, an African Moor and general in the Venetian army returns home to a plot of deception created by his subordinate, Iago, which goes awry and leads Otello into a fit of rage resulting in his murder of Desdemoda, his beloved wife. Otello falls on his dagger in despair at what he has done in the final scene, which is an oft-studied subject in literature, opera and psychology.

Before she dies in Act 3, Desdemona sings two well-known arias, “Willow Song” and “Ave Maria.”

In the Met’s 2018/2019 season, modern architectural sets were used to create a contemporary feeling, appropriate for a story, which rings as true today as it did in the 15th century.

World premiere in Teatro alla Scala, Milan, February 5, 1887

 

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