The lunatic, the lover and the poet are of imagination all compact. December 8, 2010Posted by equinson in : Midsummer Night's Dream , trackback
Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
Paraphrase and analyze Theseus’ speech at the beginning of Act V. Explain what you think Shakespeare is really trying to teach the audience member or reader in this speech. Remember, Shakespeare is the ultimate poet, so when he writes about what poets are like, we want to pay careful attention!
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