A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

By William Shakespeare

A brand new component of the creation to this up to date version considers very important specialist theater productions and the massive output of scholarly feedback at the play that have seemed in recent times. The interpreting checklist has been revised and augmented to mirror the scope of the revised variation. First version Hb (1985): 0-521-22194-3 First variation Pb (1985): 0-521-29389-8

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These mark the quasi-hallucinatory condition induced in them by the infatuation of the lovers, whose rather absurd plan to meet in a wood seven leagues from Athens looks even sillier when Helena proposes to send Demetrius after them, and follow him herself. Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. Nor hath love's mind of any judgement taste; Wings, and no eyes,figureunheedy haste ; And therefore is love said to be a child Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.

331-2. 115) brought about by her quarrel with Oberon; the ploughman's labour is wasted, and the sheepfold stands empty. 3) and suits the limited horizons of yokels from the English countryside. The pleasantly dignified verse of the opening establishes Athens as the civilised court of Theseus, who conquered Hippolyta by force, and now is about to wed her in a celebration of peace and harmony; but it also displays the tyranny of reason and the law in sentencing Hermia. The various images different characters see in the woods establish this setting as likewise beneficent or hostile,figuringtheir state of mind.

P. P. , 1930-4, v, 276. 2 Coleridge's Shakespearean Criticism, éd. T. M. Raysor, rev. , i960, 1, 90. 3 The quotation is from William J. Martz, Shakespeare's Universe of Comedy, 1977, p. 63. John Dover Wilson's Shakespeare's Happy Comedies appeared in 1962. See also Thomas McFarland's essay on the play in Shakespeare's Pastoral Comedy, 1972, which begins (p. 78), 'A Midsummer Night's Dream is the happiest of Shakespeare's plays... ' 4 Sometimes with an emphasis on its dry, gossamer lyricism, and sometimes seeing it as 'brawny and brawling farce', to cite E.

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