Literary Connections to Shrove Tuesday…

international-pancake-day-xl-2811231For those of you who observe Shrove Tuesday, Happy Pancake Day!

From Christina Rossetti’s “Mix a Pancake” (1830-1894):

Mix a pancake,
Stir a pancake,
Pop it in the pan;
Fry the pancake,
Toss the pancake,
Catch it if you can.


A few other literary references you may or may not know:

1. Eric Carle’s wonderful Pancakes, Pancakes! (1992):


2.  Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well:  Lavache the clown speaks of something “as fit as a pancake for Shrove Tuesday”:Lavache-alls-well



And JustSTC-HENRYIVPT2_125ice Silence, in Henry IV, Part II, rather rudely sings:

Be merry, be merry, my wife has all;
For women are shrews, both short and tall;
‘Tis merry in hall, when beards wag all,
And welcome merry shrove-tide.
Be merry, be merry.


3. ParishioneVicarrs in Oliver Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wakefield “religiously ate pancakes at Shrovetide”:






And here’s a challenging Shrove Tuesday literary quiz posted by The Guardian.  Good luck!


Follow-up to Come On Baby, Light My Fire! – I promised to share some links with those who attended my talk on Eros-Thanatos and the inextricable link between the life-force and death-force.


Writing Quote: “Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.” – Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Writing Tip:  Please see the quotation directly above!

Writing Prompt: The day the moon fell…

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