I am reading Shakespeare’s Richard II to my students. On Friday we came across the phrase “rue the day” in the text. I was prepared to tell them all about Frost’s poem Dust of Snow:
The way a crow Shook down on me The dust of snow From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart A change of mood And saved some part Of a day I had rued.
I also planned on briefly reviewing the excellent “rue the day” reference from the 1985 film Real Genius.
But when I asked if anyone knew what the phrase “rue the day” might mean, almost every hand in the class went up.
Had they studied Frost in fourth grade?
Did they recently view a Val Kilmer film retrospective at the local college theater?
No. They had all learned the phrase from something called iCarly, which I initially thought was a video game. Apparently an episode of the program featured the phrase rather prominently.
I’m not sure how I feel about this.