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A Fairy Song

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
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  • Kainwo Moses (7/1/2010 2:48:00 PM)

    When I played the part of Shakespeare's Puck in in the early 70s, I had little knowledge of beauty in words arising out of technicalities. I just flowed with words like water on stage to the enjoyment of the audience and fellow actors and actresses. So just leave me there in the headquarters of nostalgia. Thanks Daddy Shakespeare!

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  • Michael Pruchnicki (4/11/2010 11:31:00 AM)

    Never you mind, Terence! You demonstrate almost daily your own lack of discernment in your hyperbolic ventings!

  • Mia Wells (4/8/2010 10:06:00 PM)

    great pretty poem :) iloveittt!

  • Terence George Craddock (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.

  • Michael Pruchnicki (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!

  • Terence George Craddock (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.

  • Ramesh T A (4/8/2010 1:57:00 AM)

    A very simple formative poem of Shakespeare thrills to read!

  • Shelby Everette (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.

  • Julia Luraguiz (1/10/2010 9:55:00 AM)

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

  • Sam Jones (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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