The lunatic the lover and the poet are of imagination

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The lunatic, the lover, and the poet Are of imagination all compact. 4 One sees more devils than vast hell can hold; 10 That is the madman. The lover, all as frantic, Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt. 5 The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven; And as imagination bodies forth 15 The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen Turns them to shapes, and gives to aery 6 nothing A local habitation and a name. Such tricks hath strong imagination, That if it would but apprehend some joy, 20 It comprehends some bringer of that joy; 7 Or in the night, imagining some fear, How easy is a bush suppos’d a bear! H IPPOLYTA . But all the story of the night told over, And all their minds transfigur’d so together, 25 More witnesseth than fancy’s images, 8 ACT V , SCENE i 71 ACT V , SCENE i 1. antic. Ludicrous; silly 2. fairy toys. Frivolous stories about fairies 3. shaping fantasies. Easily shaped or influenced imaginations 4. compact. Composed 5. Sees . . . Egypt. Sees the beauty of Helen of Troy, considered the most beautiful woman in the world, in a gypsy’s brow 6. aery. Airy 7. That if . . . joy. If the imagination perceives a joy, it also imagines someone who brings this joy. 8. More . . . images. Gives evidence of more than imaginary notions and ideas W Words For Everyday Use seeth • ing ( se¯th´iŋ ) adj., boiling; violently agitated fren • zy ( fren´ ´ze¯ ) n., wild outburst of feeling or action hab • i • ta • tion ( hab´i ta¯´shən ) n., place in which to live trans • fig • ure ( trans fi ´yər ) vt., transform What is Theseus’s opinion of the young lovers’ strange tale? Why does he feel this way? According to Theseus, in what ways are lunatics, lovers, and poets alike? What is Hippolyta’s opinion of the lovers’ story?
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72 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT S DREAM And grows to something of great constancy; 9 But howsoever, strange and admirable. 10 Enter lovers , L YSANDER , D EMETRIUS , H ERMIA , and H ELENA . T HESEUS . Here come the lovers, full of joy and mirth . Joy, gentle friends, joy and fresh days of love 30 Accompany your hearts! L YSANDER . More 11 than to us Wait in your royal walks, your board, 12 your bed! T HESEUS . Come now; what masques , what dances shall we have, To wear away this long age of three hours Between our after-supper and bed-time? 35 Where is our usual manager of mirth? What revels are in hand? Is there no play To ease the anguish of a torturing hour? Call Philostrate. P HILOSTRATE . Here, mighty Theseus. T HESEUS . Say, what abridgment 13 have you for this evening? 40 What masque? what music? How shall we beguile The lazy time, if not with some delight? P HILOSTRATE . There is a brief how many sports are ripe. 14 Make choice of which your Highness will see first. Giving a paper . T HESEUS . [ Reads .] “The battle with the Centaurs, 15 to be sung 45 By an Athenian eunuch 16 to the harp.” We’ll none of that: that have I told my love, In glory of my kinsman Hercules.
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