Act II scene i, Oberon: "Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania." ~ Titania and Oberon meet by chance in the wood. They have argued about an Indian child each of them wants as a page. All of nature is in turmoil over their disagreement.
I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine: There sleeps Titania some time of the night, Lulled in these flowers with dances and delight; And there the snake throws her enamelled skin, Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in. -- William Shakespeare, A MIdsummer Night's Dream
Rankin Photography Rankin photography is always interesting, I especially like this image though because of the use of white, black and pop of colour, creating an interesting composition. It's a very sleek looking image, I think he used a snoot to create the harsh lighting.
This is a painting done in watercolor on paper by John Simmons in 1861. It is titled A Midsummer Night's Dream - Hermia & the fairies. In the 1860's and early 1870's Simmons painted quite a few fantasy subjects,which showed fairies and mythical animals in woodland settings. Simmons' use of light and realism gives his paintings a life-like, or dream-like quality.
Titania and Oberon 2, Josephine Wall The inspiration for this image is drawn from the masterly writings of William Shakespeare. Whether he envisioned them the same, I will never know. The King & Queen of fairyland are soaring high with their winged entourage. With the beating of many wings and the heady fragrance of woodland flowers they gather for a moonlit revel.
William Shakespeare died four hundred years ago this month and my local library is celebrating the anniversary. It sounds a bit macabre when you put it that way, of course, so they are billing it as a celebration of Shakespeare’s legacy. I took this celebratory occasion to talk with my students about Shakespeare’s linguistic legacy.