A certain convocation of politic worms are e’en at him.

I don’t get a lot of the contemporary political jokes that Shakespeare included in the plays. I don’t know what I don’t know in this department.
In this case, though, it seems I’ve always know that this line is a reference to the Diet of Worms, named for the town that the convocation was held in.

What I didn’t know was what the convocation was for. I didn’t know that this line was a reference to the reformation. I didn’t know that the convocation was a collection of priests. I’d have to think a lot more deeply about it to work out that layer. Though, certainly, I can’t help but picture some worms dressed up in priest outfits eating a dead body.

For me, this line has always felt like a pop culture pun in a contemporary comedy – a little shout out to the issues of the day – a way to make an audience nod and say, “I see what you did there.”

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.