Book Titles Based on Lines of Poetry or Plays

I've noticed there are a lot of books that use a line or phrase from a poem as their title. Shakespeare quotes are probably the most common, but Yeats, Donne, Blake, and Milton account for a lot.
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216 books · 46 voters · list created February 11th, 2011 by deleted user.
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message 1: by jo (new)

jo what a great list! poetry and plays, hey? is more recent poetry okay too or does it have to be classic?


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Anything goes.


message 3: by jo (new)

jo how about the bible?


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

I was wondering about that. Yes? I thought of Let us now praise famous men, but then I didn't put it on the list for some reason. I could change the desciption to be more specific.


message 5: by jo (new)

jo we can have an entirely different list, or just change the description. your list, your choice! another list might be fun...


message 6: by jo (new)

jo there's like a million books called "Through a Glass, Darkly." bible!


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

Maybe I'll do a separate list for bible titles. There's got to be a million of those.


message 8: by Steve (new)

Steve Ceridwen, this is a really cool idea.


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Thanks Steve! In retrospect, I should have separated the Shakespeare from the rest, and made two lists.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Removed Isn't It Pretty To Think So?. Spam. Book title is cribbed from a novel (The Sun Also Rises), not a play or a volume of poetry.


message 11: by Westcoast_girl (new)

Westcoast_girl Hi!
I made a list a little while ago specifically for Shakespeare-inspired book titles. If you want to look at (or add your own) Shakespeare ones; please feel free to go to this one: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/7...


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