Very Punny!





I love puns and so did Shakespeare. Though many of his puns have lost their context, these two are still pretty funny. 

Romeo and Juliet (Act I scene IV)
Mercutio: “Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance.”
Romeo: “Not I, believe me. You have dancing shoes
With nimble soles; I have a soul of lead
So stakes me to the ground I cannot move.”

 Much Ado About Nothing (Act II scene I)
Beatrice: “The count is neither sad, nor sick, nor merry, nor well: but civil, count; civil as an
orange, and something of that jealous complexion.”

Beatrice is talking about the villainous Count Claudio, using civil as a pun on Seville, which is a type of very bitter orange from Spain.  

And though your English teacher never shared this, Shakespeare's text pulses with sexual innuendo. Here's a spicy line from "Venus and Adonis." 

Graze on my lips, and if those hills be dry
Stray lower, where the pleasant fountains lie.

Yeah, that pleasant fountain!

And you thought Shakespeare was boring.
Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford
& the man who really wrote the Shakespeare plays!