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A continuation of the major series of individual Shakespeare plays from the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, edited by two brilliant, younger generation Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen

Incorporating definitive text and cutting-edge notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works-the first authoritative, modernized edition of Shakespeare's Fir
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by Modern Library (first published 1596)
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Madeline
A Midsummer Night's Dream, abridged.

DEMETRIUS: I love Hermia!

LYSANDER: Shut up, I love her MORE. Anyway, you already hooked up with Helena.

DEMETRIUS: Who?

HERMIA: I want to marry Lysander but I'm already engaged to Demetrius and he won't leave me alone! Two hot boys are in love with me, WHY IS MY LIFE SO HARD?

HELENA: FUCK. YOU. ALL.

TITANIA: Hey Oberon, I got a new Indian baby from one of my dead servants.

OBERON: I want that kid - hand it over, or I'll punish you with bestiality.

PUCK: Holy shi
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Raeleen Lemay
Sep 10, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, classics
I really liked it when Lysander called Hermia an acorn.
Mohammed Arabey
May 20, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أولا اعترف "خجلا" أن دي أول قراءة ليا لشكسبير، وبالصدفة جائت باسبوع الجودريدز له

فمن أول ابريل وانا بروايات الغابات أُجيل
وقررت ختم تجوالي بحكايات الجنيات الخرافية، برواية قوية كلاسيكية
وهل هناك اشهر من شكسبير، وحلم ليلة منتصف صيف الشهير؟

لكن اول عقبة صدمتني...أنجليزي ده يامرسي؟
ولكن جنيات جوجل ارسلتلي..موقع عظيم ساعدني
موقع نافع العلم غزير..به قسم شكسبير نو فير
لاقرا للشاعر المسرحي الجليل، بلغته الاصلية جنبا للغة هذا الجيل

لقد بهرتني المسرحية بحق كيف لم ألق لها من قبل بالا
حلم ليلة منتصف صيف ،لربما اكثر
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Kat Stark
Dec 03, 2015 Kat Stark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, literature




What I got out of the story: Puck is the God of Ass.
Bill  Kerwin

Re-reading the play this time, I kept thinking of "The Magic Flute." Like Mozart's opera, Shakespeare's play has a silly plot composed of fanciful elements, but through the power of absolute artistic mastery the framework of a second-rate masque is transformed into sublime poetry, transformative myth.
Riku Sayuj

Man, being reasonable, must get drunk;

The best of life is but intoxication:

Glory, the grape, love, gold, in these are sunk

The hopes of all men and of every nation;

Without their sap, how branchless were the trunk

Of life's strange tree, so fruitful on occasion:

But to return,—Get very drunk; and when

You wake with headache, you shall see what then.


~ Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto II, Stanza 179.


If we offend, it is with our good will.

That you should think, we come not to offend,

But with good will. To sh
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Simona Bartolotta
"The lunatic, the lover, and the poet
Are of imagination all compact."


It's... cute? I don't know, I prefer tragedies.

(For your information, yes, I'm viciously rubbing my hands and have a crooked grin plastered on my face right now.)

What deep thoughts on this work did a night of active reflection elicit from my mind?
Basically, I just kept thinking about:

"Enter CHARACTER, CHARACTER, CHARACTER and Train"

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Kat Kennedy
It's still as awesome as I remember. Though, unfortunately, causes me some initial irritation with The Iron King.

Robbie Goodfellow is a wicked spirit running around having fun and pulling ridiculous pranks. He's not a serious teenage boy who is dramatic and suspenseful or mysterious or sexy.

Why do we have to turn everything into sexy these days? Why does every male character have to suddenly fit the romantic male archetype?

Why are mythological creatures becoming obsessed with teenage girls?
Ted
3 1/2 stars

I made a plan in early 2014 to read all of Shakespeare’s plays. Not in 2014, but in the rest of my days.

Naturally this plan relied on some assumptions.

First, all plays would be treated as if I’d never yet read them (which was true for most of them).

Second, I assumed that reading one play every three months would be reasonable. There are 37 plays, hence a little over nine years. I would be 78. Seems okay.


Problems

1. What order to read the plays in?

A. Best guess as to the order they wer
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Geoff
Dec 17, 2012 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The moon methinks looks with a wat’ry eye;
And when she weeps, weeps every little flower”

(Titania)

Tomorrow night, when Phoebe doth behold
Her silver visage in the watery glass,
Decking with liquid pearl the bladed grass.


So quick bright things come to confusion
(Lysander)

Night and the ocean are the depthless things of the earth, where bright things come to confusion, become “undistinguishable, Like far-off mountains turned to clouds”. The unconscious, the sleep-world, the dream-world. Everywhere thro
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Ahmed Ibrahim
" لا يكفي المرء أن يتكلم، بل المهم أن يتكلم جيدًا "


واحدة من روائع شكسبير الكوميدية التي اعتمد فيها على نسيج معقد من ثلاث حبكات وثلاثة عوالم مختلفة..
يصور فيها زوجين من العشاق من أثينا، ومجموعة من العمال البسطاء من أهالي ريفها الذين يتدربون لتقديم عرضًا مسرحيًا في احتفال دوق أثينا وحبيبته بزواجهما، ويصور عالم الجن ومكله أوبيريون وملكة الجن تايتانا وخادمهم بك.

يظهر شكسبير في هذه المسرحية العواطف التي تحكم البشر كلهم حتى الجن، كالحب والغيرة والكره أحيانًا... في قالب رائع تمتزج فيه الرومانسية بالكوم
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Jason
Jun 18, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kindle, reviewed, 2014
Aww, this is a cute little play.

Which is a pretty condescending thing to say about a work of Shakespeare, right? Except it’s true! A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an aDORable piece of literature with elves and fairies and potions and magic—not something I typically go for, and a definite far cry from his more serious tragedies. In this play, a woman suffers whose love for her man lies in contrast to her father’s wishes, he having already promised his daughter’s hand to another, and if she refuses t
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Councillor
An entertaining and amusing tale, filled with an inexhaustible richness of symbolicism, atmosphere and verbal complexity. After having seen Shakespeare as a writer of tragic and twisted stories dealing with death and schemes as major leitmotifs for many years, a light-hearted story like "A Midsummer Night's Dream" proved to be exactly the right one to convince me of the direct opposite: that Shakespeare can also masterfully create romantic comedies full of amusing allusions.
Liam
Feb 11, 2016 Liam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful yet messed up play this was, thoroughly enjoyed it!

Absolutely loved the setting, the language and the element of fantasy within the story. It was comical yet still had potential to be a tale of tragedy and I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. It keeps you on your toes and the story goes round in circles but it reached a satisfactory resolution!

For me, Shakespeare is a bit hit or miss but I really did enjoy this one!
Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
Oh, I loved this so much. It's charming and fun and hilarious and silly but it has a lot of heart- it's not just an empty comedy. There's wit and some really great observations on flights of fancy and the ridiculous things humans will do (with or without the help of forest nymphs) in the name of love. Also, an enchanted forest has got to be one of my favourite settings of all time, the heady summer air and a sense of magic really seeped through the pages.

Two of my favourite quotes, both by Robin
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Emily Howard
My favorite Shakespeare. I've been in it and I see it whenever I have the chance.

I forced it on 4th, 5th, and 6th graders last year. At first they were terribly confused by Shakespearean language but ultimately, they loved it.

During Bottom's soliloquy in the play-within-a play, after a half-page of ridiculous, melodrama and general wordiness, I asked the kids what he was trying to say, and one correctly deduced, "It's night. It's night. It's night. That's a wall. It's a wall. It's a wall."

My ot
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K.D. Absolutely
May 08, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Filipinos Group Read (May 2011)
Shelves: play, ws
Yey! The very first Shakespeare that I read from cover to cover! Sneer if you have to but I graduated from a low-standard high school in a small island in the Pacific. The only dramatization that we did was Leon Ma. Guerrero's My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife. I played the lead role of Leon, the young farmer, though. In college, I took up a paramedical course in the city and we had World Lit but we only read mimeographed copies of Shakespeare sonnets. I still remember the term iambic pentamer ...more
Jean
"The course of true love never did run smooth;" is a famous, often-quoted line - a truism throughout all ages and cultures. Where does it come from? It is spoken by a character called Lysander, in Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream, and articulates possibly the play's most important theme.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a fanciful tale, full of poetry and beautiful imagery, such as,

"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with
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Antonio


El enredo de los enredos, porque tener un triángulo amoroso, si puedes tener… ¿un cuadrado? ¿Un cuarteto? ¿Un rombo? Mmm algo se me ocurrirá. Es cierto lo que dicen sobre la obras de Shakespeare, son atemporales, así aun teniendo más de 400 años aprecie esta historia e incluso me saco unas cuantas risas, imaginen todos los personajes corriendo por el bosque declarando su amor eterno, y ni siquiera la hermosa reina de las hadas se ha salvado, y para escenificar lo que el mismo Shakespeare dijo

P
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Kelly
Jan 22, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
My high school English teacher called this "the perfect play." He meant that in terms of it being performed. He would use it with new groups of drama students, because there was absolutely no possible way for them to screw it up. And now, close on 10 years later, I can't yet prove him wrong. I've been in this play twice (Hermia), I've seen it performed countless times by good groups of actors, mediocre ones, and one cast that was mostly pretty bad, I've seen it done in traditional Shakespearean ...more
Τζο
May 16, 2016 Τζο rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Είναι το πρώτο Σαιξπιρικό έργο που διαβάζω και μου έκανε τρομερή εντύπωση το πόσο φρέσκο είναι στην ανάγνωση. Άμα δεν ήξερα ποιανού είναι δεν θα μου φαινόταν περίεργο αν μου έλεγες πως γράφτηκε εχθές.

Τα γελάκια του τα είχε. Η πλοκή ήταν ωραιότατη. Το προτείνω ανεπιφύλακτα!
Joe Valdez
Apr 03, 2015 Joe Valdez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
To celebrate William Shakespeare on his birthday in April, my plan is to locate a staging of six plays. I'll listen to and watch these on my MacBook, following along to as much of the original text as is incorporated by the production. Later, I'll read the entire play in the modern English version. A good friend I've had since high school recommended this system to me and it's been a very good system for delighting the mind in Shakespeare.

First up, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Written in 1595 and
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Lyn
May 09, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While it is generally true that plays should be seen and not just read, this is even more true of Midsummer Night's Dream.

It is a popular play to be performed and I have seen it several times but struggled with the reading. Still, it is a brilliant work by Shakespeare, and very entertaining. Like so many of his works, this one has been very influential on so many romantic comedies that have come since.

Shakespeare may have tried to recreate or even improve on the fairie ideal with Ariel from Th
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Hayat
1.5
Midsummer-Nights Dream is another book I forgot to add to my GR 'read' list but I still remember reading this book in high school (secondary school in England) and feeling bemused and sometimes confused by it's surreal plot, imagery and characters that made no sense. This is how it looked to my teenage mind....


Several main character where running around in the forest for whatever reason (probably a spell was involved because that's the only things that makes sense) and there was a love circle
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Werner
Jun 22, 2014 Werner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Shakespeare, and of Elizabethan comedy
Recommended to Werner by: It was a common read in one of my groups
Shelves: classics, plays
Although I'd seen a student production of this play back in my college days, I'd never read it until now. This month, it was a common read in one of my Goodreads groups; so I decided to join in, and watched it again (this time on film) as well. (I didn't read it in the above edition, but in the 1918 Yale Shakespeare set edition.)

Quite a few of my Goodreads friends have rated this play, mostly at four or five stars. My three-star rating (which is rounded up from two 1/2!) marks me as a bit of a h
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Candi
This play was whimsical, fun and a bit magical, complete with fairies and all. It made me chuckle at times; I got a kick out of the fairy queen, Titania, falling head-over-heels in love with Bottom after he was transformed to a ludicrous creature with the head of an ass. The play was not hard to digest, aside from the language of course. However, I did have to pause and sort out the various love relationships after the love potions were applied, and havoc was wreaked amongst the mortals. Puck wa ...more
Caris
Feb 04, 2012 Caris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, shakespeare
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Henry Avila
Mar 14, 2013 Henry Avila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Shakespeare's most popular comic plays. Essentially a love story between two couples,in a mythical Athens that never was .Lysander loves his girlfriend Hermia(they want to marry).But her father,Egeus, does not.Threatening Hermia with death or being forced to become a nun. With the help of Theseus,the Duke of Athens,it's the law... Fathers had that right then to choose their children's mates. Egeus, prefers his daughter , marry Demetrius.Why?Never explained!Also in the plot Helena,Hermia's ...more
Gregory
Apr 16, 2016 Gregory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual review: 3,5 stars
Jonnie
Jan 23, 2015 Jonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, classics, plays
My favorite Shakespeare play! Hooray for sugar plays!

I love me a good love story, even if it is under mildly false presences. Don't care, they still fell in love! (I'm being ambiguous here for a reason). What's more, this play is funny, sweet, and doesn't end in the gruesome death of six characters after a three day lusty love affair (Romeo and Juliet I'm looking at you).

It also has faeries, and guess where they live? Fairyland. God, I love this play.

There are three interconnecting plots, all sp
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more
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