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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
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Feb 21, 12

bookshelves: dramatics, history-tudor, pixie-stuff, poetry
Read on February 21, 2012

Of all the works in Shakespeare's canon, I think that 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is one of the most pleasing to read, cold, off the page. The reason being that so much of this play is written in some of the bard's most poetic style. The plot and the message to his audience is conveyed with the lines from Helena at the end of Act one Scene one, in splendid iambic pentameter:-
Things base and vile, folding no quantity,
Love can transpose to form and dignity:
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind:
Nor hath Love's mind of any judgement taste;
Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste:
And therefore is Love said to be a child,
Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.
As waggish boys in game themselves forswear,
So the boy Love is perjured every where:
For ere Demetrius look'd on Hermia's eyne,
He hail'd down oaths that he was only mine;
And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt,
So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt.
I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight:
Then to the wood will he to-morrow night
Pursue her; and for this intelligence
If I have thanks, it is a dear expense:
But herein mean I to enrich my pain,
To have his sight thither and back again.

What's not to like? Fairies, wood lore, magical enchantments and some Elizabethan comedy routines thrown in too.
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