"If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
If you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends." - W. Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream -
We are celebrating midsummer and our world is turning into one of dreams, clover flowers and Shakespeare! How I have always loved this play. Its main theme is love's contradictions and struggles, telling a story of disaster, obsession and jealously. It is after all not a narrative of perfection but one of life's and love's complexity. And it is exactly the presence of these altogether very human experiences (even when it concerns the more metaphysical traits of this work) within the context of glorious, opiate dreaminess, that makes this midsummer dream so compelling. Add some hints of Ovid's Metamorphoses (Pyramus and Thisbe) and the apparent simple charme of all characters, and this, my dear bookstagram friends, is one marvellous read!
Wishing you all a lovely midsummer! ♡