Happy Birthday to the Bard

Theseus:
The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
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.
Such tricks hath strong imagination,
That if it would but apprehend some joy,
It comprehends some bringer of that joy;
Or in the night, imagining some fear,
How easy is a bush supposed a bear!

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Midsummer Night’s Dream Act V, Sc i

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2 Responses to Happy Birthday to the Bard

  1. myrthryn says:

    ‘Twould seem I am not the only one giving birthday wishes.. 😉

  2. Happy Birthday, Will! Also, wanted to let you know I just nominated this blog for a Sunshine Award!
    http://lisawrosenberg.com/2012/04/24/sunshine-award-nomination/

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