May 11, 2021
MAY 11, English literature survey course: "Hamlet"
bard: archaic term for a Celtic poet or wandering minstrel, currently applied primarily to the ‘Bard of Avon’, i.e. William Shakespeare
bodkin: a pointed instrument or pin, with archaic use to indicate a stiletto or other dagger
A question asked in Hamlet's most famous soliloquy is …
"Who would fardels bear?"
Fardel is derived from fardeau, the French word for “burden”.
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