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Act (3) + 4 + 5: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

LIMIT is 8 members: (8 members + me = 9) - RSVPs will be closed then, but I have opened a "repeat" gathering on Nov. 18. Do feel free to sign up!

Again, the format will be one of providing guided teaching/presenting of Act (3), 4 + 5 of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - while providing space for the group to discuss favorite quotes, chosen for their poignancy and poetic beauty. The gathering is also focused on discussions of the universal social, spiritual and psychological insights that we can dig up!

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  • Betsy L.

    Very interesting and fun, as was the last meeting.

    November 11, 2012

  • Afsaneh M.

    "Lulled in these flowers" is my favorite part of the speech Roger has included here - it effortlessly connects the "evocative" description of the bank of wildflowers to Titania who sleeps there "sometime of the night."


    YouTube: (above link) - is a speech uploaded by "SpokenVerse" is just exquisite. "Spoken Verse" is a chap called Tom O'Bedlam who uploads speeches and has a wonderful voice, and accompanies his uploads with tid-bits and insights.


    October 22, 2012

  • Betsy L.

    To go from the sublime (Roger's quote of " I know a bank where the wild thyme blows") to the ridiculous -- Ogden Nash's parady of Kilmer: "I think that I shall never see/A poem as lovely as a tree/In fact unless the billboards fall/I'll never see a tree at all." And that doesn't evoke much at all.

    October 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here is another quote that I like (that everyone likes):

    I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
    Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
    Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
    With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:

    By way of reverse logic, it calls to mind a mediocre bit of verse that used to be anthologized for schoolchildren - Sergeant Joyce Kilmer’s couplet, “I think that I shall never see / A poem as lovely as a tree.” But, it seems to me that in the quote above Shakespeare has created a poem that is more evocative and distinctive and memorable than any actual bank of wildflowers.

    October 17, 2012

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