Now The Hungry Lion Roars Poem by William Shakespeare

Now The Hungry Lion Roars

Rating: 4.8

From "A Midsummer-Night's Dream," Act V. Scene 2

PUCK sings:
NOW the hungry lion roars,
And the wolf behowls the moon;
Whilst the heavy ploughman snores,
All with weary task fordone.
Now the wasted brands do glow,
Whilst the screech-owl, screeching loud,
Puts the wretch that lies in woe
In remembrance of a shroud.
Now it is the time of night,
That the graves, all gaping wide,
Every one lets forth his sprite,
In the churchway paths to glide:
And we fairies, that do run
By the triple Hecate's team,
From the presence of the sun,
Following darkness like a dream,
Now are frolic; not a mouse
Shall disturb this hallowed house:
I am sent with broom before
To sweep the dust behind the door.

Monday, March 2, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: fairy
Fabrizio Frosini 31 January 2016

About A Midsummer-Night's Dream, Act V. Scene 2: At Quince’s house, the craftsmen sit somberly and worry about their missing friend Bottom. Having last seen him shortly before the appearance of the ass-headed monster in the forest, the craftsmen worry that he has been felled by this terrifying creature. Starveling suspects that the fairies have cast some enchantment on Bottom. Flute asks whether they will go through with the play if Bottom does not return from the woods, and Peter Quince declares that to do so would be impossible, as Bottom is the only man in Athens capable of portraying Pyramus. The sad craftsmen agree that their friend is the wittiest, most intelligent, and best person in all of Athens.

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Fabrizio Frosini 31 January 2016

Snug enters with an alarming piece of news: Theseus has been married, along with “two or three lords and ladies” (presumably Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, and Helena) , and the newlyweds are eager to see a play (IV.ii.16) . Flute laments Bottom’s absence, noting that Bottom would certainly have won a great deal of money from the admiring duke for his portrayal of Pyramus. Just then, Bottom bursts triumphantly into the room and asks why everyone looks so sad. The men are overjoyed to see him, and he declares that he has an amazing story to tell them about his adventure in the forest. Quince asks to hear it, but Bottom says that there is no time: they must don their costumes and go straight to the duke’s palace to perform their play. As they leave, Bottom tells them not to eat onions or garlic before the play, as they must be prepared to “utter sweet breath” (IV.ii.36) .

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Fabrizio Frosini 31 January 2016

This brief comic scene returns the focus of the play to the subplot of the Athenian craftsmen. Structurally, Act IV, scene ii represents something of a new beginning for A Midsummer Night’s Dream: the main conflict of the play has been resolved, but rather than ending with the weddings of the lovers, as is customary in an Elizabethan comedy (the weddings do not even occur onstage here) , Shakespeare chooses to include an extended epilogue devoted to sheer comedy. The epilogue takes up all of Act V and centers around the craftsmen’s performance of Pyramus and Thisbe for the Athenian crowd. Act IV, scene ii transfers the focus of the play from magic and unbalanced love to a play-within-a-play, in which the themes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, not too heavy to begin with, are recycled into a form so ridiculous and garbled that the play draws to a wholly untroubled conclusion.

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Chukwuebuka Adebayo 25 April 2015

Take some likes, Brother!

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Kamaksshee Khajuria 18 November 2017

That is why is considered as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. Really Great Bard Of Avon.....

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Khairul Ahsan 23 November 2020

'Whilst the screech-owl, screeching loud, Puts the wretch that lies in woe In remembrance of a shroud' - so beautifully said!

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Ravi Kopra 23 November 2020

ab bhookha sher garj raha hai aur chaand dekh, geedar cheekh raha hai soya hua mota hal-waala chook raha hai baDa kaam kar, thakaa hua hai.....

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Mahtab Bangalee 23 November 2020

This is the dream like a nightmares where many events of life are appended /// greatly penned

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Fantastic poem of the Great Shakespeare

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Deluke Muwanigwa 23 November 2020

You dont become number one in anything by sleeping you keep squeaking speaking tweaking your poetry until it speaks and here it spoke he broke the record. Jousting with Shakespeare without shaking the spear.

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