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Quotation by Shakespeare
I had rather hear a brazen canstick turned, Or a dry wheel grate on the axle-tree, And that would set my teeth nothing on edge, Nothing so much as mincing poetry. 'Tis like the forced gait of a shuffling nag.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 1, l. 129-33.
Hotspur, speaking in verse, dismisses poetry as affected or effeminate ("mincing"); "canstick" means candlestick; "turned" means on a lathe.
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