Perhaps no other Shakespearean drama so engulfs its readers in the ruinous journey of surrender to evil as does Macbeth. A timeless tragedy about the nature of ambition, conscience, and the human heart, the play holds a profound grip on the Western imagination. Burton Raffel is professor of arts and humanities emeritus and professor of English emeritus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Among his many edited and translated publications are Poems and Prose from the Old English, Cliges, Lancelot, Perceval, Erec and Enide and Yvain, all published by Yale University Press.
About the Author
Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and Berg Professor of English at New York University, is the author of many books, including The Western Canon and Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human.
i do not think i really truely started to fall in love with william shakespeare and his works until i read a midsummer nights dream. sure i had heard of romeo and juliet and othello and the other big plays, but this is actually a joy to read. and shakespeare's use of language, while beautiful is not hard to understand either
Ah, the Bard...how I love Shakespeare! A playwright like no other, this is my all time favorite of his. A Midsummer Night's Dream is poetic, sassy, and sultry...just love it. I think I've read it near thirty times by now. But, indeed, how does one leave alone a play with such great poetry?
Hermia, a fair maid of Athens, is in love with Lysander. However, her father wants her to marry Demetrius, a youth who, until looking upon Hermia, loved Helena, even wooed her. Now he swears to love only Hermia, though Helena passionately begs him to come back to her. Egeus (Hermia's father) goes to Theseus, Duke of Athens, asking permission to dispose of Hermia unless she consents to marry Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plot to fly from Athens, meeting in a grove that very night, and tell Helena of their plan. Helena, however, seeking to win Demetrius' love again, tells him of the plan. This beautiful tale of four lovers is interwoven with the story of commoner actors and magical fairies and their meeting in the same grove that night.
Brilliantly done. I cannot think of enough praise for this amazing play..it transports you to a different world completely.
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