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" More strange than true. I never may believe These antique fables, nor these fairy toys. Lovers, and madmen, have such seething brains, Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. • The lunatic, the lover, and the poet,... "
The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare, in Ten Volumes: Midsummer night's ... - Page 61
by William Shakespeare - 1823
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The Theatrical City: Culture, Theatre and Politics in London, 1576-1649

David L. Smith, Richard Strier, David Bevington - History - 2003 - 308 pages
...love keep little company together nowadays. (3-1.137-9) Finally, Theseus compares lovers with madmen: Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such...comprehends. The lunatic, the lover, and the poet Are of imagination all compact. (5.1.4-8) Love cannot be directed by reason, for it is blind; but it...
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Demons of the Night: Tales of the Fantastic, Madness, and the Supernatural ...

Joan C. Kessler - Fiction - 1995 - 347 pages
...coloni Pallida, defunctasque vident migrare figuras. Claudius 35 ... I never may believe These antic fables, nor these fairy toys. Lovers and madmen have...apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. Shakespeare* 6 "Ah, who will come to break their swords? Who will stanch my brothers blood and call...
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Summer at the Lake

Andrew M. Greeley - Fiction - 2007 - 480 pages
...invitation for a Sunday night supper. "Shortest night of the year. St. John's night." "Also Midsummer Night. 'Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, such...ever comprehends. The lunatic, the lover, and the fjoet are of imagination all compact.' " "Theseus is a fine one to talk," I respond, showing off my...
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Shakespeare: The Evidence: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Man and His Work

Ian Wilson - Biography & Autobiography - 1999 - 512 pages
...this never more unforgettably expressed than in Theseus's ostensibly so dismissive lines in Act v: ... I never may believe These antique fables, nor these...apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven; And as...
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Reading Stephen Sondheim: A Collection of Critical Essays

Sandor Goodhart - Literary Collections - 2000 - 280 pages
...of (5.1.1 ). Theseus responds with a now-famous speech: More strange than true. I never may beiieve These antique fables, nor these fairy toys. Lovers...comprehends. The lunatic, the lover, and the poet Arc of imagination all compact. And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet's...
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The Spirit of Poesy: Essays on Jewish and German Literature and Thought in ...

Géza von Molnár - Literary Collections - 2000 - 251 pages
...fables" and "fairy toys" that are not to be believed. They are the productions of rather strange brains: Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such...comprehends. The lunatic, the lover, and the poet Are of imagination all compact. (5.1.4-8) The poet appears in rather dubious company. We might, of...
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare - Juvenile Nonfiction - 2001 - 99 pages
...believe These antique fables, nor these fairy toys. Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, 5 Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool...compact: One sees more devils than vast hell can hold; 10 That is the madman. The lover, all as frantic, Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt. The poet's...
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Shakespeare: la invención de lo humano

Harold Bloom - Characters and characteristics in literature - 2001 - 734 pages
...fácilmente se toma a una mata por un oso.'7 17. The. More strange than true. I never may believe /This antique fables, nor these fairy toys. / Lovers and...reason ever comprehends. / The lunatic, the lover, and tne poet / Are of imagination all compact: / One sees more devils than vast hell can hold; / That is...
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The Plays of Shakespeare: A Thematic Guide

Victor L. Cahn - Drama - 2001 - 361 pages
...deceive and that affections may waver without reason, sentiments expressed most dramatically by Theseus: Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such...comprehends. The lunatic, the lover, and the poet Are of imagination all compact . . . The lover, all as frantic, Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 46

Stanley Wells - Drama - 2002 - 280 pages
...exper1enced in the night forest. Theseus' speech points out how internal conditions can distort perception: I never may believe These antique fables, nor these...apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. (5.1.2-6) Though to Theseus 'cool reason' is a safe measure for judging and dismissing the lovers'...
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