Oski from UC Berkeley is a fan of Shakespeare!

April 23, 2015

Shakespeare, who would be 450 years old today, is considered the single most influential writer in English. He coined over 1700 words by changing nouns into verbs, changing verbs into adjectives, connecting words never before used together, and devising words wholly original.

Do you realize how often you quote Shakespeare? Here are some of the expressions you might use in your everyday speech.

In a pickle, when you are in a difficult or uncomfortable situation.
The world is your oyster, being in a position to take advantage of life’s opportunities
Catch a cold, meaning,to get sick
It’s all Greek to me,meaning something is indistinguishable or incomprehensible
Love is blind,inability to see shortcomings in a lover
Wild goose chase,meaning a hopeless and never-ending pursuit
A heart of gold,meaning a very kind or honorable person
Break the ice,meaning to start conversation
Laughing stock,meaning, a person subjected to ridicule
Wear your heart on your sleeve,meaning to express you emotions openly
Method to his madness, meaning someone’s strange behavior has a purpose
Green-eyed monster, when speaking of jealousy

It is a sad sate of affairs that just 4 of the top 52 top-ranked universities require English majors to take a course on Shakespeare. I am proud to say UC Berkeley is one of the four.

Our humanity needs the humanities.

April 16, 2015

A recent NYT article, Starving for Wisdom beautifully highlights what we have known since Homer— of the importance of a close marriage between the sciences and humanism— “science depends upon the humanities to shape judgments about ethics, limits and values.” The study of humanities, and here I focus on literature, enrich a person’s soul. As […]


Don’t burden poetry

April 12, 2015

A poem is not a test. A poem is a magical arrangement of words that delivers feelings. Poetry and music speak directly to your heart. When listening to a piece of music, the melody and the lyrics wash over you, You find yourself in a particular mood. You would not think to analyze how that […]


Poetry in Steel—April is national poetry month

March 30, 2015

The Eiffel Tower opened to the public March 31, 1889. In honor of April officially designated as National Poetry Month, here is one of my favorite poems about the Eiffel Tower, which has always made me think the tower is no less than poetry in steel. The Eiffel Tower If I wanted to see the […]


Diane is quoted in South China Morning Post column “Fiction unlocks a more meaningful world for young readers.”

March 15, 2015

Diane stressed the importance of exposing children to quality literature that offer stories rich in vocabulary, with characters that readers care about and care about what happens to them. Diane flagged the genre of Bibliotherapy, which offers books that are written with a direct message of how to cope or how to respond to a […]


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