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Logan Chastain Paper 2 CLCV 120 4/10/07 The Influence and Use of Ovid in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream The influence and use of Ovid can be felt throughout A Midsummer Night’s Dream, because Shakespeare uses several motifs from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Shakespeare was influenced by Ovid more than any other writer, because his schooling most likely consisted of learning how to imitate Ovid. Even though several of the themes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream come directly from Ovid, Shakespeare uses them in a way that makes his story different from Ovid’s. The reason that Ovid is greatly alluded to in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream is due to Shakespeare’s schooling as a boy. Ovid’s Metamorphoses was almost a universally required text, since it was easiest to read and imitate in the type of verse writing exercises that were standard for students at the time. Shakespeare’s assignments in school were literally to find a passage of Ovid’s or another good verse and memorize it. Then the students had to speak it and write it down from memory and compare it to
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