A Midsummer Night's Dream (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start--Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia's father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania ...
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Overview

Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start--Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia's father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the faeries) are having a spat over a servant boy. The plot twists up when Oberon's head mischief-maker, Puck, runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking. Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke's wedding (one of whom is given a donkey's head and Titania for a lover by Puck) and the complications become fantastically funny.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417633296
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Burton Raffel is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities and emeritus professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Among his many edited and translated publications are Poems and Prose from the Old English, Clig├Ęs, Lancelot, Perceval, Erec and Enide, and Yvain, all published by Yale University Press. Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and Berg Professor of English at New York University, is the author of many books, including The Western Canon and Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human.

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"You've got to be kidding!" Helena cried,

"I know, it's Hermia, you want for your bride."

"Not a chance!" said Lysander, "It's you I love!

Who will not change a raven for a dove?"

"Give me a break!" Helena scoffed in dismay,

"Do you think I was born yesterday?

Your speech to me is like a thorn;

How dare you treat me with such scorn!"

Then she stomped off, in great disdain;

Lysander followed with a loving refrain.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
 
Introduction
 
 
From the First Folio
 
To the Reader
 
Title page
 
To the great Variety of Readers
 
To the Memory of my belovd the Author
 
The Names of the Principall Actors
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Don't bother.

    The formatting was horrible. The text looks likes one big block-- no separation even between speakers. Unreadable.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Awesome

    It was very helpful. I used it when i was in it.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    It's okay

    It's okay, but anomonous on may 20 is kinda right.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Have not read this yet

    i have not read this yet, i have been ready the twilight saga again, as soon as i am done w/ that i will then begin this book. i hope to enjoy it.

    3 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Great Read!

    This is definetly worth reading. It is a true masterpiece! Also, quick sidenote to all of those who are complaining that this book was written in Old English- it wasn't. It wasn't even written in Middle English. This was written in MODERN ENGLISH!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2015

    Great

    It's really good. And could u guys stop with the rps? Some people are acctully reviewing

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2014

    Its all taste

    I mean, if you like Shakespeare's comedies then there is no doubt you will enjoy MSND. The characters and constant malapropisms make it funny so you may have to work your way into the style of the play before the jokes are blatant ( and even then it can be hard to tell; humoor changes with generations and time). Shakespeare is a very wordy author yet there is a wa to tell that the plays were- and are- quality. In the centuries when The Globe was renouned in England the play-goers were a tough crowd; the story had to be understandable AND entertaining. The audience was not always educated so Shakespeare and to make enough stage direction, action and subtext for the story to come through. We see that much of the monolougues and conversations could be summed up into a few sentences, yet often the entertainment and humor is provided by these sylolliques.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    To all URGENT

    A cow walks in and rams at a random cat. "MOOOOOO!!"

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    This book can be counted as a wonderfully helpful study companio

    This book can be counted as a wonderfully helpful study companion to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but where it really shines is in giving me access to masterful language that needs updating for our modern ears.  I love seeing Shakespeare performed, and this book gives each section a freshness in translation, a royal British historical context delivered by an author who avoids dry textbook languages like a 16th Century plague, and makes the intended humor instantly recognizable.  As a study guide, it’s perfect.  As a way to truly delight in Shakespeare, this is what I want to read just before watching a film adaptation or heading to the theatre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2011

    blah

    words cut off

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2015

    Best Shakespeare Play.

    Best Shakespeare Play.

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  • Posted January 27, 2015

    One of my faves!

    One of my faves!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Horible

    No I am not a hater this book has nothing has only the scripet riten in a format that makes no seance dont waist your itme.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Does this have the words in script form

    Please answer

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Peter

    He laughed darkly, glaring down at Endie with malice. "Get up, wh<_>ore."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Sierra

    Pets it and kisses its head

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Panther

    Was drug in yowling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Shadow

    Hit her with unsheathed paw.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Panther

    Kicked shadow and ran out.

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