A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare Peter Holland / Feb 17, 2020

A Midsummer Night s Dream A Midsummer Night s Dream is perhaps Shakespeare s most popular play particularly as a first introduction to Shakespeare for children filled as it is with a marvelous mixture of aristocrats workers

  • Title: A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Author: William Shakespeare Peter Holland
  • ISBN: 9780199535866
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Midsummer Night s Dream is perhaps Shakespeare s most popular play, particularly as a first introduction to Shakespeare for children filled as it is with a marvelous mixture of aristocrats, workers, and fairies For this edition, Peter Holland s introduction looks at dreams and dreamers, tracing the materials out of which Shakespeare constructs his world of night and shA Midsummer Night s Dream is perhaps Shakespeare s most popular play, particularly as a first introduction to Shakespeare for children filled as it is with a marvelous mixture of aristocrats, workers, and fairies For this edition, Peter Holland s introduction looks at dreams and dreamers, tracing the materials out of which Shakespeare constructs his world of night and shadows.

    A Midsummer Night s Dream A Midsummer Night s Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to SparkNotes A Midsummer Night s Dream A Midsummer Night s Dream by William Shakespeare First performed around , Shakespeare s comic fantasy of four lovers who find themselves bewitched by fairies is a sly reckoning with love, jealousy and marriage. Midsummer Night s Dream Entire Play ACT I SCENE I Athens The palace of THESEUS Enter THESEUS, HIPPOLYTA, PHILOSTRATE, and Attendants THESEUS Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour No Fear Shakespeare A Midsummer Night s Dream Act Scene No Fear Shakespeare by SparkNotes features the complete edition of A Midsummer Night s Dream side by side with an accessible, plain English translation. A Midsummer Night s Dream by William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night s Dream, William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night s Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the s. A Midsummer Night s Dream Shakespeare and the Players In A Midsummer Night s Dream, residents of Athens mix with fairies from a local forest, with comic results In the city, Theseus, Duke of Athens, is to marry Hippolyta, queen of the s. A Midsummer Night s Dream Summary GradeSaver A Midsummer Night s Dream Summary They choose Pyramus and Thisbe for their play, and meet to assign the roles Nick Bottom gets the role of Pyramus, and Flute takes the part of Thisbe They agree to meet the next night in the woods to rehearse the play Robin Goodfellow, a puck, meets a fairy who serves Queen Titania. A Midsummer Night s Sex Comedy A Midsummer Night s Sex Comedy As long as you don t mind making light of deception, adultery, and plain old cheating on your wife and lover, this is a A Midsummer Night s Dream Shakespeare s intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Midsummer In folk magic, midsummer was a very potent night and the time for many small rituals, mostly for young maidens seeking suitors and fertility Will o the wisps were believed to appear at midsummer night, particularly to finders of the mythical fern in bloom and possessors of the fern seed, marking a

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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 translated into every major living language, and are performed often than those of any other playwright.Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s Day.At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613 His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare s.Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589 There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.


    1. A Midsummer Night's Dream, abridged. DEMETRIUS: I love Hermia!LYSANDER: Shut up, I love her MORE. Anyway, you already hooked up with HelenaMETRIUS: 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 shit, [...]

    2. Re-reading the play this time, I couldn't stop thinking of of The Magic Flute. Like Mozart's opera, Shakespeare's play may have a silly plot composed of fanciful, seemingly arbitrary elements, yet, through the power of absolute artistic mastery, the framework of what might otherwise be nothing but a second-rate masque is transformed, by unwearied attention of geniu--and in Shakespeare's case, sublime poetry--into a work of great resonance, an archetypal myth.

    3. Book Review4 out of 5 stars to A Midsummer Night's Dream, a comedy written in 1595 by William Shakespeare. What a fun read! I first read this in high school and then again in college as part of a course on Shakespeare. Then I watched a few movie versions. It's full of so much humor and creativity. The plot is essentially the impacts of magic, as some fairy dust causes everyone to fall in love with the first person they see -- once the dust falls on them. Imagine the hilarity that ensues in a cha [...]

    4. أولا اعترف "خجلا" أن دي أول قراءة ليا لشكسبير، وبالصدفة جائت باسبوع الجودريدز لهفمن أول ابريل وانا بروايات الغابات أُجيلوقررت ختم تجوالي بحكايات الجنيات الخرافية، برواية قوية كلاسيكيةوهل هناك اشهر من شكسبير، وحلم ليلة منتصف صيف الشهير؟لكن اول عقبة صدمتنيأنجليزي ده يامرسي [...]

    5. Man, being reasonable, must get drunk;The best of life is but intoxication:Glory, the grape, love, gold, in these are sunkThe hopes of all men and of every nation;Without their sap, how branchless were the trunkOf life's strange tree, so fruitful on occasion:But to return,—Get very drunk; and whenYou 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 [...]

    6. mini-review, as I do for classics:this was my first time reading Shakespeare on my own, and I kind ofw that as a negative. I like discussing Shakespeare in a classroom setting, and being motivated to mark up the text and otherwise process it fully. I felt like I missed out on stuff hereso, this play felt so short. maybe it's my edition's fault, for being 111 pages. maybe it's how abrupt the ending was (which is very). or how flat the characters were, or how there were a sh*t ton of them. long st [...]

    7. 3 1/2 stars3 3/4Upped the rating when I realized that I'd given 3 1/2 to King John, Pericles, and The Taming of the ShrewHere I've decided to add some comments about this project, finding myself about 30 months into it.- I've read 10 of the plays so far, so I'm on schedule; all but one (The Tempest) reviewed; I trust I'll get to that one soon.- The plan outlined below has been altered some, which can be seen by taking a look at some of my more recent reviews. I've tried to just go where I please [...]

    8. A Midsummer Night's Dream, William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595/96. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the s. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's m [...]

    9. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/I’m sure there’s some keyboard commando all primed and ready just waiting for a chance to chime in about how “this isn’t Facebook” or “talk about books and don’t post stupid pictures.” To him/her/them I shall quote ol’ Bill himself and say . . . . Fucketh off with thee!Because I have read A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I’ve read it more than once. Originally I read it back in the stone age as a high schooler who opted for additional l [...]

    10. 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?

    11. "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 [...]

    12. if i had a professor who actually talked about this and made it interesting then im sure i wouldve liked it more but i was just like ?????????

    13. "Ein Sommernachtstraum"is one of the top references as a classic. In the beginning, it is difficult to get there, but once you get used to the style, it is quite an entertaining, beautiful and confused story about the back and forth of the love affair. A must for interested in Shakespear and theater.

    14. ‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، این نمایشنامه در موردِ عشق و دلباختگی دو جوان اهلِ آتن میباشد. دختری به نامِ <هرمیا> عاشقِ مردی بنامِ <لیزاندر> است، پدرِ دخترکِ زیبارو <اجوس> نام دارد. اجوس دخترش هرمیا را مجبور کرده است تا دست از عشق برداشته و با <دیمتریوس> که از ثروتمندانِ شهر ا [...]

    15. 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 Shakespea [...]

    16. The moon methinks looks with a wat’ry eye;And when she weeps, weeps every little flower”(Titania)Tomorrow night, when Phoebe doth beholdHer 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. Everywh [...]

    17. " 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 مختلفةيصور فيها زوجين من العشاق من أثينا، ومجموعة من العمال البسطاء من أهالي ريفها الذين يتدربون لتقديم عرضًا مسرحيًا في احتفال دوق أثي [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 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!

    20. 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.

    21. 3.5 starsSometimes, I feel that I just do not get Shakespeare! This particular explanation, for its face value, is neutral in its tone and execution, for this play is so absurd, but it almost seems like it is trying to be as such. While Shakespeare has been known to borrow his plots, I would say that his tragedies are better than his comedies in the way that the elements to his tragedies are a bit more original (or is it the fact that we have seen elements of his comedies time and time again). I [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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 [...]

    24. 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 [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. Από τα πιο διασκεδαστικά έργα του Shakespeare! Οι πρώτες 4 πράξεις είναι ατόφιες πεντάστερες, γεμάτες με αστεία, ευφάνταστες παρεξηγήσεις, μερικές από τις ωραιότερες εκφράσεις που έχω διαβάσει ποτέ σχετικά με τον έρωτα και τα αντικείμενα των ερώτων μας και χαρακτήρες πολλούς, δι [...]

    27. 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 [...]

    28. Πόσο το απήλαυσα!!! Γέλασα τόσο με τα μπερδέματα και τα ευτράπελα του έργου. Αγαπημένη σκηνή, αυτή τον τεσσάρων ερωτευμένων, και η απεγνωσμένη Ερμια.

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