Born François-Marie Arouet (1694 – 1778), Voltaire was a French philosopher during the French Enlightment era. He was an avocate for freedom of religion and expression, who adopted his nom de plume following his 11-month imprisonment at the Bastille, Paris in 1718.
I don’t know from which play Shakespeare wrote this, but he’s right. We need to laugh and let the “old wrinkles come”. As I read this, I can imagine him with wrinkles all over his face too.
God bless the old Bard.
Written in response to Writer's Quote Wednesday by Silver Threading, with this week's theme focusing on "Laughter". Image source: Pinterest.
One of my most favourite poets, in all of history, is John Donne (1572 – 1631).
Born in England during a time when religion was illegal, he became known as a Metaphysical Poet. According to Poets.org:
“The Metaphysical Poets are known for their ability to startle the reader and coax new perspective through paradoxical images, subtle argument, inventive syntax, and imagery from art, philosophy, and religion using an extended metaphor known as a conceit.”¹
I learnt of Donne when I saw a documentary on him, called Simon Schama’s John Donne. I only watched it, because I’m a fan of Schama from his History of Modern Britain programmes. I had no idea who the heck this poet was, or any of his works. But since I like learning new things, so I watched it.
I was engrossed.