Friday, August 14, 2009

Shakespearean Summer: A Midsummer Night's Dream

This post is part of the Shakespearean Summer, hosted by Liv's Book Reviews.

For my first play, I chose A Midsummer Night's Dream. I thought it would be fun to observe the fairies that I very much enjoyed in Eyes Like Stars in their original surroundings.

What a play! It was very amusing and completely confusing. The reader is just along for the ride on this adventure, with no idea where anything, or anyone, is going to end up. There are a lot of characters. Everyone has their own agenda, and although I had trouble keeping everybody straight, I enjoyed it.

After reading the play, I went to the library and picked up the 1999 film version. That definitely helped to clear up some of the confusion I had. One day, I hope to see this play on stage, as it was meant to be seen. I leave you with the closing lines of the play from Puck, a fairy:

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.

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