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Who were the Bards?

The [amazon_link id=”0199561052″ target=”_blank” ]Oxford English Dictionary [/amazon_link]defines “bard” as: “an [amazon_link id=”0140254226″ target=”_blank” ]ancient Celtic [/amazon_link]order of [amazon_link id=”0199596506″ target=”_blank” ]minstrel-poets[/amazon_link],...
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Macbeth’s Red Letter Day

In Act IV, Scene I, Shakespeare is referring to a red letter day (any day of special significance) when Macbeth states, “… Let this pernicious hour stand aye accursed in the calendar!” (149 – 150).* Macbeth is referring to the news from the witches that tell him of eight kings descended from Banquo (instead of Macbeth.) The witches tell Macbeth many things that he cannot understand; yet, the witches are telling Macbeth the truth…

Beyond The Pale

Have you ever heard someone make the statement, "That's beyond the pale!" and wondered what the phrase actually means? There are books, blogs, and musical lyrics that include this phrase, yet none truly reflect its meaning. The answer is lies in Irish history and is fairly complex.
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