William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

A Fairy Song - Poem by William Shakespeare

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
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Comments about A Fairy Song by William Shakespeare

  • (4/8/2010 3:26:00 PM)

    Alas poor Michael, it is not an arcane argument, it is an observation, a cowslip is a small plant of the primrose family, and the observation made was how dewdrops sparkle on foliage, therefore what is arcane? Surely that is not difficult or impossible for you to understand. Michael ever the lover of argument and condescending remarks. I never mentioned music. The point about the dictionary was standardized spelling never existed, explaining the diverse spellings of the same word at this time, perhaps you might care to view a concise period dictionary of meanings and multiple spelling relative to the time. Enjoy your song and read with discernment. (Report) Reply

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  • (4/8/2010 8:59:00 AM)

    Enough already! As I read Shakespeare's 'A Fairy Song' I could hear in the background the music and lyrics of 'The Caissons Go Rolling Along, ' and the arcane argument posited by Craddock rang false to my ears the more those phantom lyrics played and I wondered why all the fuss and bother about 'our first dictionary' according to Doctor Johnson!

    Listen to the following with that inner ear and trust me -

    Over hill, over dale
    As we hit the dusty trail,
    And those caissons go rolling along.
    In and out, hear them shout,
    Counter march and right about,
    And those caissons go rolling along.

    Perhaps the man who wrote the original version of 'Caissons' had read Shakespeare's play while serving as an artillery man on some distant outpost of the American empire prior to World War One! We'll never know for sure exactly where Edmund L. Gruber got the inspiration to write the lyrics that are still heard at gatherings of artillerymen in the US Army!

    Let me go and hang a pearl in some cowslip's ear!
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  • (4/8/2010 2:21:00 AM)

    'I must go seek some dewdrops here,
    And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.'

    This sight is beautiful to behold, the dewdrops sparkling in the light of the sun upon cowslips, all other flowers, cobwebs, even blades of grass, is thrilling to view early in the morning when out walking.
    Kevin Straw has beautifully and accurately put the poem in context, with reference to the delightful character Puck, therefore I need not comment further upon the poem.
    The reason for the spelling of through as 'thourough' is because there was at his time no standardization of spelling. Samuel Johnson has yet to write our first dictionary which will make spelling consistent, with minimal widely recognized American and British differences in very few words.
    The genius of Shakespeare and the popularity of his plays at this time, would be equivalent to a concert by a mega rock star, in contemporary entertainment. Therefore 'he was [not] just an ordinary fella back'. As owner of the Globe Theatre and self made man, Shakespeare remains unique, and continues to inspire and influence, across the arts and diverse cultures world wide. Shakespeare remains the pearl of English Literature.
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  • Ramesh T A (4/8/2010 1:57:00 AM)

    A very simple formative poem of Shakespeare thrills to read! (Report) Reply

  • (2/15/2010 1:38:00 PM)

    I like it, but I can't help but to think he's too obsessed with the so called Fairy Queen. (Report) Reply

  • (1/10/2010 9:55:00 AM)

    i think its an ok poem but he shouldn't have written about the stupid fairy duhhh! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (12/21/2009 10:01:00 AM)

    i like it, i can understand it, but i want someone to enlighten me... is he using 'thourough' as another word for 'through'? ? or is he just a bad speller?
    Anyways, have you heard this poem called Sam Jones, Conqueror of the World? Read it and vote it a 10! ! ! So there, Neil Lewis is Awesome, or whatever you are- in ur face! ! !
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  • (11/29/2009 10:51:00 AM)

    You and William Blake are real and talented artists.I really appreciate you both.
    The poem is outstanding....10+++
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  • (10/28/2009 2:54:00 AM)

    this classical lanuage is deep and formidable...........i love Shakespeare (Report) Reply

  • (8/17/2009 2:53:00 AM)

    it's quite full of rhymes.
    A best classic poem that i ever read.Excellent!
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  • Is It Poetry (7/4/2009 9:21:00 AM)

    it is obvious he needed the solicitor on many occasion in this self portrayal leaving the lollies all ruffled as he does here show...still maybe like most people..he had a very active imagination as you still do..remember he was just an ordinary fella back then..like you.. :) ...iip (Report) Reply

  • (5/17/2009 7:45:00 PM)

    i would like some help translating this poem. (Report) Reply

  • (4/22/2009 6:54:00 AM)

    Wow, that's just fascinating. The rhying words are used very well. Thanks for writing this poem! I really like it. :) (Report) Reply

  • (4/8/2009 11:46:00 AM)

    definitely one of my faves (Report) Reply

  • Is It Poetry (4/8/2009 8:33:00 AM)

    In it's own sphere it is a dale that never pales
    a real adventurer of
    Word heart mind your soul....iip
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  • Kevin Straw (4/8/2009 6:46:00 AM)

    This is from S's Midsummer Night's Dream Act 2 Scene I. Puck meets a Fairy and asks 'How now, spirit! whither wander you? ' - This poem is the Fairy's reply. It is a wonderful description of the powers that a Fairy has. It emphasises the magical dream-like quality of the play - the possibility that anything can happen and be done. From it, too, we can see how beautiful must have been the unspoilt natural scene of Elizabethan England. (Report) Reply

  • (4/8/2009 1:55:00 AM)

    Confusing. Obviously a metaphor for something or other. Ideas, people?

    @Scylla, I agree, but 'through' seems to make the rhythm go off >.>
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  • (10/31/2008 8:45:00 PM)

    what was that all about? (Report) Reply

  • p.a. noushad (6/7/2008 1:39:00 AM)

    poem gives the deep insight about the realitis of life. (Report) Reply

  • Mark Nwagwu (4/8/2008 3:22:00 AM)

    Shakespeare is ever so deep. in this poem i find jewels in dewdrops and will wet my love's lips theywith. (Report) Reply

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