On the other hand, Eagleton admits, literature often uses a heightened and excessive language. "If you approach me at a bus stop," he quips, "and murmur 'Thou still unravished bride of quietness,' then I know I am in the presence of the literary." Of course, if your bus stop is not in Oxford, and if you are not a teacher of literature, the Keatsian murmurings that alert Terry Eagleton to the presence of the literary may well alert you to the presence of a nut-case. (21)I love an academic text with a sense of humour!
It also made me think about how a quote from Neil Gaiman's Sandman, "It is a fool's prerogative to utter truths that no one else will speak," had been misattributed to Shakespeare online. Amusing, yes. Upsetting? Not really. I can see the logic behind the error.