No. 27, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (June 2010)

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Table of Contents

01.   Dramatis Personae

02.   Beech canopy, Loughton Camp

03.   Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595-96), Act I, Sc. 1

04.   Oak tree, Long Hills

05.   Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595-96), Act I, Sc. 2

06.   Beech pollard, Copley Plain

07.   Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595-96), Act II, Sc. 1

08.   Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595-96), Act II, Sc. 2

09.   Birch sapling, Loughton Camp

10.   Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595-96), Act II. Sc. 3

11.   Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595-96), Act II, Sc. 4

12.   Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595-96), Act II, Sc. 5

13.   Beech coppice, Green Ride

14.   Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595-96), Act III, Sc. 1

15.   Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595-96), Act III, Sc. 2

16.   Note

It is significant that the juice of Cupid’s flower is only dropped onto the eyes of the male mortals, not the female: it is the masculine, solar force that must be brought into alignment with the course of the female, lunar goddess. Love, here, is anything but responsive to the will of rational, Athenian man, being determined, rather, by forces of nature beyond his comprehension and control. These drive him, inevitably, into the forest of madness, but also, in recompense, to the poetry of the play. Thus Theseus, in a final allusion to the triple form of the goddess, compares the lunatic – the figure over whom the moon (Luna) has complete dominance – with the lover and the poet.

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