Words, words, words – Hamlet: Act 2, Scene 2

This is the famous line from Hamlet when Polonius askes what he is reading and the prince replies ‘Words, words, words.’ It is said that William Shakespeare introduced 3,000 words into the English language and actually invented 1,700. A little research I did into this fact left me quite surprised at how many there are which we take for granted nowadays. For today’s verses I give you two small pieces in which every word is one which Shakespeare introduced.

Ode
Majestic moonbeam
Noiseless, lustrous
Unreal radiance.
Blushing barefaced,
Arousing countless
Courtships.

Torture
Premeditated, obscene
Remorseless savagery.
Unreal, drugged excitement.
Bloodstained blankets.

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