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Midsummer Night's Dream: A Facing-Pages Translation into Contemporary English
     

Midsummer Night's Dream: A Facing-Pages Translation into Contemporary English

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by William Shakespeare, Jonnie Patricia Mobley
 

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Are you frustrated by obscure words and unidiomatic phrases in Shakespeare's plays? The new Access to Shakespeare series removes the mystery, not the magic, from A Midsummer Night's Dream, and makes reading or studying a breeze. This translation of Midsummer Night's Dream into contemporary English—alongside the original text—

Overview

Are you frustrated by obscure words and unidiomatic phrases in Shakespeare's plays? The new Access to Shakespeare series removes the mystery, not the magic, from A Midsummer Night's Dream, and makes reading or studying a breeze. This translation of Midsummer Night's Dream into contemporary English—alongside the original text—has modernized the difficult passages and expressions which used to make Shakespeare's language such heavy weather.

This unique translation is not a literal-minded prose version. It retains the feel and the rhythm of the original, letting you experience the play in the same enjoyable way an Elizabethan audience did. The text is immediately clear to today's readers, making those tedious footnotes unnecessary. You'll find easy-to-follow line numbering, and a glossary of place names and mythological references.

Are you a high school or junior-college student working on an assignment? Do you wish to preview the play before a performance, or are you perhaps learning English as a Second Language? This translation is ideal for you. You will never again hesitate to read A Midsummer Night's Dream because you're mystified by lines such as, "You, mistress, all this coil is long of you." The facing page of this edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream makes clear what Shakespeare meant, "You, miss, all this trouble is because of you." The translation reads like a modern book...and it's fascinating.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885564061
Publisher:
Lorenz Educational Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.46(d)

Read an Excerpt

Act Three, Scene 2|partial text
--Original Version
HELENA: Lo, she is one of this confederacy!
Now I perceive they have conjoined all three
To fashion this false sport in spite of me.
Injurious Hermia! Most ungrateful maid!
Have you conspired, have you with these contrived
To bait me with this foul derision?

--Contemporary Translation (on the facing page in the book)
HELENA: Look, she is part of this conspiracy!
Now I understand they have conspired all three
To think up these lies and mock at me.
Insulting Hermia! Most traitorous maid!
Have you conspired, have you connived with these
To torment me with this cruel ridicule?

Meet the Author

Widely esteemed as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an actor and theatrical producer in addition to writing plays and sonnets. Dubbed "The Bard of Avon," Shakespeare oversaw the building of the Globe Theatre in London, where a number of his plays were staged, the best-known of which include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. The First Folio, a printed book of 36 of his comedies, tragedies, and history plays, was published in 1623.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 283 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Regal nobility, mischievous fairies, mortals in love - where else can you find a more tantalizing cast of characters? Shakespeare, of course! A Midsummer Night¿s Dream, a story written to enchant your imagination, is full of unexpected twists. At the beginning, you are introduced to six soap-opera style Athenians caught in the game of love. The reader is lead to assume that this is a historical-fiction love story. But later on, the lovers meet fairies and sprites, and a story unlike any other reveals itself. Magic potions and antidotes, transfigured human heads, and fairies and humans in love unfold in this plot of anxiety, turmoil, love, friendship, and chivalry. I really enjoyed this book. Shakspeare does a great job of weaving unimaginable twists into a seemingly predictable story of love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this for class and I was one of a few that gog it on a e book. You shouldnt get it for a project or something important. Youd seriously need the actual book to be able to follow the story and the page numbers. It only has half of the number of pages too. I say its a good book and its by Shakespeare! What do you mean its not a good book? Shakespeare is a well known writer every where. If it wasnt a good book? People in schools wouldnt be doing projects and be learning about it. Over all: many type os, no numbers for each lines, and missing many things. Its a good book but since written in the time of Shakespeare, of course its hard to understand but you learn something new everytime. Id say a very good story line but very poor in format since it leaves out may important details from the original.
Zoe Berl-Hahn More than 1 year ago
My favorite one of his plays! Shakespeare never is a disappoitment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to read because of typos
Kristi Behme More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this good thing it was free it was not even relatively close to the real thing do not waste your time with this crap. It is only 31 pages.
Shatter More than 1 year ago
Shatter Got on mah computer to post this, read my post at 'Erin Hunter' res 1 plz!  She yawned
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mid summers nigts dream is awesome.my favorite charecter is puck. Such humor. Anx it is beautiful.makes me want to cite it and impress my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've noticed that the people who commented and didn't like it can't even spell. ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We are reading this book now and its really good the characters are wonderful the plot is astounding and above al its a very good read i reccomend it 100%.
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Odd wording in this story, don't you think?
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Are any of you 700 interested in drama?
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Pads around camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lay down on a tree branch. Bored.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks at Outstrike then flies out back to camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nope i have been on for 2 years
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Yawns
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Haha I &#9829 being a brony. TRICKED YA!
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wanna hear a joke?
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Then walks away now that the cat is dead
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To all clans. YOU WILL ALL DIE TOMORROW!!!!! I AM ATTACKING ALL THE CLANS!!!!!!!!""""