A Midsummer Night's Dream
Peaseblossom? Cobweb? Moth?
Arthur Rackham: Puck and a Fairy

(Allusion to title)

Bottom surrounded by fairies
Henry Fuseli: Titania, Bottom and the Fairies
John Heston Willey: Midsummer Nights with
the Great Dreamer

K. M. Peyton: A Midsummer Night's Death
Gordon Bromley: A Midsummer Night's
Trevor Barnes: A Midsummer Night's Killing
Robert F. Baylus: A Midsummer Night's

Lee Crosby: A Midsummer Night's Murder
Ware Budlong: Midsummer Night's Murder
Jill Barnett, et alia: Midsummer Night's

Elizabeth Shenkin: Midsummer's Nightmare
Frances Moyer Stevens: Midsummer
And ere a man hath power to say 'Behold!'
The jaws of darkness do devour it up:
So quick bright things come to confusion. (I,i)
Mark Cross: Jaws of Darkness
That would hang us, every mother's son. (I,ii) Norman Lindsay: Every Mother's Son
Judith Arcana: Every Mother's Son
Annie D. Le Claire: Every Mother's Son
(Allusion to stage direction, II,i) Denis Mackail: Another Part of the Wood
Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania. (II,i) Leslie Ford: Ill Met by Moonlight
W. Stanley Moss: Ill Met by Moonlight
And the imperial votaress passed on,
In maiden meditation, fancy-free. (II,i)
Sydney Carroll: The Imperial Votaress
I'll put a girdle round about the earth
In forty minutes. (II,i)

Titania and Oberon
Francis Danby: Scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream

Bath Festival Society: A Girdle Round
About the Earth: Astronomical &
Geographical Discovery, 1460-1630

Maria Aitken: A Girdle Round the Earth
D. N. Richardson: A Girdle Round the Earth
Hugh Barty-King: Girdle Round the Earth:
Story of Cable and Wireless and Its
Never harm
Nor spell nor charm,
Come our lovely lady nigh. (II,ii)
Alicen White: Nor Spell Nor Charm
A crew of patches, rude mechanicals. (III,ii) Nora Ratcliff: Rude Mechanicals
Lord, what fools these mortals be! (III,ii) Francis Boon: Lord, What Fools
Edward Bacon: Lord, What Fools
Bernard Travaille: What Fools These Mortals Be
Methought I was enamour'd of an ass. (IV,i) Barron's Education Series: Enamoured of an
I never heard
So musical a discord, such sweet thunder. (IV,i)
John Blunsden: Such Sweet Thunder
Peter Nicholson: Such Sweet Thunder
I have had a most rare vision. (IV,i) Eileen Wallis: A Most Rare Vision
I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream; it shall be called Bottom's Dream, because it hath no bottom. (IV,i) John Updike: Bottom's Dream
The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
. . .
The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name. (V,i)
Ralph L. Finn: The Lunatic, the Lover, and
the Poet

Noel Woodein: A Fine Frenzy
Robert Baylor, comp.: A Fine Frenzy
Herbert Read: Forms of Things Unknown
Mark Stavig: Forms of Things Unknown
Walter Sawyer: A Local Habitation
Ellen Kay: A Local Habitation
Norman Nicholson: A Local Habitation
Guy Butler: A Local Habitation
John Frederick Nims: A Local Habitation
A tedious brief scene of young Pyramus
And his love Thisbe; very tragical mirth.
Merry and tragical! Tedious and brief!
That is, hot ice and wondrous strange snow. (V,i)
Guy Sprung: Hot Ice
Ross Angel: Hot Ice
Robert J. Casey: Hot Ice
Al W. Clark: Hot Ice
Leo Grex: Hot Ice
Henry Seymour: Hot Ice
Robert Derek Steeley: Hot Ice
Simon Waldron: Hot Ice
Nora Roberts: Hot Ice
Steve Metcalfe: Strange Snow
His speech was like a tangled chain; nothing impaired, but all disordered. (V,i) Ruth A. Fox: A Tangled Chain

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Last updated July 17, 2000.