Answer to Trivia! Why did Shakespeare primarily write in blank verse? Shakespeare wrote in verse (poetry- writing arranged with a metrical rhythm, sometimes having a rhyme), or prose (basic speech- written language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure). Within Shakespeare’s verse he used iambic pentameter- a line of verse with five metrical feet, each consisting of one short (or unstressed) syllable followed by one long (or stressed) syllable, for example “Two households, both alike in dignity.” The stressed syllable is spoken with more emphasis, “Two HOUSEholds BOTH aLIKE in DIGniTY.” 10 syllables for the sentence. After you practice writing out the symbols and speaking them stressed and unstressed, then you make it more realistic and conversational, so it doesn’t sound so sing song. It takes practice yet if you emphasise the wrong syllables it won’t sound well and it may change the meaning. The stresses are there to emphasis important words & parts of the story. If you say “TWO houseHOLDS both Alike IN digNIty”, it sounds bad. To write out the symbols, a dash is put over the stressed syllable (/) and a u/bowl shape is put over the unstressed. This is also why words ending in ‘ed’, are pronounced as an extra syllable. “Banish-ED”, unless it’s “banish’d”, then it’s not. It’s for the metre.
Verse is also used to show status/power. Often times the high status wealthy characters will speak in heightened language- verse, while the low class/less educated will speak prose. The easiest way to know if you are speaking Verse is to see if the first letter of your lines are capitalised, if so- verse. Then you count out if it’s iambic or other form. Some have 11 syllables or less or join with the next characters line to make 10, etc. It’s important to note your status as that determines your physicality and who holds the power in a scene. In Midsummer, isn’t it AMAZING that the mechanicals perform the play in VERSE while the lords and ladies switch to prose! They become more casual/informal and let the low class take the scene! #verse#prose#blankverse#iambicpentameter#shakespeare#poetry#characterwork#shakespeareactors#status#amidsummernightsdream
This was my Writing a Rhetoric final, in which the assignment was that we had to do a remix of a piece of literature. I chose A Midsummer’s Night Dream.
Any medium was allowed so I went with a series of illustrations. There is a lot left out purposely so that the audience could use their imagination to depict what the fairy court ended up looking like.
This remix is a prequel on how the fairy court came to be, since it was never discussed within A Midsummers Night Dream. The story is told through the eyes of King Oberon and how he gifted Queen Titania a “garden” which eventually became the Fairy Court.
“Lord what fools these mortals be!!” A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM is heating up the Courtyard Theater, now through January 27—with @t.r.knight as Bottom and @alsilbs as Titania. #cstMIDSUMMER
📸: @aka_lizlauren | CREATIVE TEAM: Joe Dowling – Director | Todd Rosenthal – Scenic Design | Fabio Toblini – Costume Design | Greg Hofmann & Jesse Klug – Lighting Design | Keith Thomas – Composition and Music Direction | Christopher M. LaPorte – Sound Design | Richard Jarvie – Wig and Make-up Design | Joe Chvala – Choreography
Date with @katiemillercrispe to see #amidsummernightsdream at the #popupglobe last night. I was so confused in the first half until I read the synopsis at interval 😂 Half of it was in a Maori language! Very entertaining, high energy performance. What a cool experience. Thanks Katie 😘
Meet Jurnee Neeko, one of our Associate Artists entering her 3rd season. Jurnee is one of our Apprentice Co-Directors and is on the Audience Services Team.
Favorite Show: Much Adoe About Nothing
Favorite Role: Hermia (Midsommer)
Hometown: Layton, UT
Shakespeare and this quote we put in Everly’s nursery are very near and dear to my heart. Shakespeare is one of my favorite playwrights and A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of my favorite plays. When thinking of decor to put in her room I just knew I wanted this Shakespeare quote since it was perfect. This quote definitely describes Everly now and before in my belly. Haha. She is little, but oh my gosh is she FIERCE. Just like mama.
Not a lot of you know this, but I actually have been in theatre for over 15 years or so. 🎭 I have a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts performance with a minor in English. I worked and studied at Art of Acting Studio in Hollywood. Currently I am not doing anything acting or theatre related, but I’m hoping to get back into it soon. I have a YouTube channel so I’ll probably try to do a monologue soon for the time being until I can do something theatre related in Boise.✨
"I’ll follow thee and make a heaven of hell,
To die upon the hand I love so well." - Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Have I used that quote before recently? I feel like I have 🤔 it's such a good one though. So, I treated myself to this a couple of weeks ago, at the same time as I got that beautiful leather set of Wagner's Ring. It's the first edition of the Rackham-illustrated Midsummer Night's Dream, still in its dust jacket 😮 I couldn't not buy it - I'd never see it like this again!
On a similarly Shakespeare-y note, I finished Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed this week (aka: modern-day The Tempest). It felt a little bit like a long lecture on the play disguised as a novel, but as it happens she has some REALLY interesting theories on it. It had its cringey moments, but overall I loved her modern-day incarnations of The Tempest's cast (even if some of the character parallels felt like they were being shoehorned in for the sake of it...)
Midsummer quote! This line is spoken by Helena to Demetrius in the woods. Demetrius used to pursue and woo Helena, and so she fell in love with him. Then he changed his tune once he saw her best friend, Hermia. Helena told him that Hermia had run off into the woods, with Lysander.. in the hopes that he would follow her and then she could follow him and try to win him back. Demetrius warns her for entering the dark wood, a place where dark deeds arise. Helena is a virgin and to pursue a man who loves her not, in such isolation, is dangerous. She loves him so much that she does not care how crude he is and utters beautiful poetry. It is never night when she sees his face and she is never alone for he means all the world to her. It’s something everyone can relate to. Shakespeare writes relatable characters and we all know a Demetrius and a Lysander and a Hermia and a Helena and we have loved those types.... and been those types. Helena’s drive is that of love, a love she cannot live without! His dismissal of her makes us feel bad for her. We need to relate to her without being too annoyed by her. Her love is real and valid and needs to come from a point of sorrow and unrequited desperate first love.. not petty obsession. #helena#midsummer#amidsummernightsdream#shakespearequotes#love#heartache#loss#brokenheart#hongkong#asia#theworld#demetrius#firstlove#unrequitedlove#hongkong#globe#asia
So I personally haven’t read many of Shakespeare's works but A Midsummer Night’s Dream has become my favorite! Hilarious, sparkling, whimsical and full of mishaps, it was an utter joy to read. It has really fun characters, some you’ll be rooting for, some you’ll be shaking your heads at. Shakespeare comedies are such an utter delight and the words still have an impact, even after all this time. 🧚♀️🧚♂️
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Just watched 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at @popupglobe Sydney. It was hilarious and entertaining to say the least. Thank you to everyone involved. I feel inspired to become an actor that can entertain a crowd as well as the cast I saw tonight. Thank you to my sister Liz and her partner @kate.farquharson for taking me!
Acá tratando de disfrutar el inminente final de Literatura Inglesa...
Énfasis en TRATANDO.
Pero me gusta Willy, lo banco mucho. No así las forzadas alegorías, comparaciones, paralelos e interpretaciones que buscan los pesados que no pueden simplemente disfrutar de la literatura. 😛
. . ✔️ A Midsummer Night's Dream ⬜ Othelo. . .