Thursday, April 02, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Bardolatry

This month brings the A to Z Challenge, which I choose to meet with a series of words that thus far may have escaped your attention, and deservedly so. Today's arcane word is

the excessive admiration of Shakespeare

Among other 19th-century actors, David Garrick "broadened and altered the boundaries of Shakespearean discourse in specific ways ... thus contributing to the growth of bardolatry as a discursive phenomenon." -- Romantic Actors and Bardolatry by Celestine Woo

Wikipedia asks that I add this source information:
"Thomas Banks Shakespeare attended by Painting and Poetry c 1789" by Thomas Banks, sculptor (1735-1805). Engraver: Benjamin Smith (1754-1833). Original uploader was Paul Barlow at en.wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia; Transfer was stated to be made by User:Rupert Clayton. Collection of Prints, From Pictures Painted for the Purpose of Illustrating the Dramatic Works of Shakspeare, by the Artists of Great-Britain. London: John and Josiah Boydell, 1805. Original sculpture is here.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -



Jeff Bach said...

Yes, this would be one word that has indeed escaped my attention. I must admit that by and large, the whole category of bards has escaped my attention. I've not yet been able to get over the hump of trying to understand and eventually enjoy the rhyme schemes, rhythms, and other aspects of olde English that keep me at a distance. But it is there and certainly responsible for much of the underlying roots of the modern language that I do greatly enjoy using!

loverofwords said...

I love this word! Can one be excessive? I guess so. But such wonderful writing needs "Bardolatry."

MS said...

I had a friend once who committed bardolatry. It was one evening in midsummer.

Interesting theme!
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Jeff Bach said...

perchance did your friend dream afterwards?

PS - That thread is barely hanging on to an edge of memory somehow...hope I got it right!