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" I had. The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was. "
The comedies, histories, tragedies and poems of William Shakspere, ed. by C ... - Page 387
by William Shakespeare - 1851
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Shakespeare in the Theatre

Stephen Orgel, Sean Keilen - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 270 pages
...Shakespearean judgment of the relative importance of the various senses to the theatrical experience: "The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath...conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was" (MND, 4. 2.210- 14). M And as a deformation of the text of St. Paul, Bottom's formulation would have...
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Henry V, War Criminal?: And Other Shakespeare Puzzles

John Sutherland, Karl-Heinz Engel, Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature John Sutherland, Cedric Thomas Watts, John M. Sutherland, Emeritus Professor of English Cedric Watts, M a PH D - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 220 pages
...'ineffable' I simply mean 'beyond expression', for that is what Bottom later finds to be the case: I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream...conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was. (4.1.201-10) Well, I — as expounding ass and patched fool for the occasion — will venture to say...
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The Idolatrous Eye: Iconoclasm and Theater in Early-Modern England

Michael O'Connell - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 208 pages
...words as a judgment of the relative importance of the various senses to the theatrical experience: "The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath...conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was" (4. 1 .21 1-14). 27 Such a deformation of a text of St. Paul (1 Corinthians 2:9-10) would have an easily...
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Who's who in Shakespeare

Peter Quennell, Hamish Johnson - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 228 pages
...thing that worries him slightly is his dream, which has been too wondrous for his verbal capacity : I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream,...what my dream was. I will get Peter Quince to write a ballet of this dream ; it shall be called Bottom's Dream, because it hath no bottom ; and I will sing...
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The Wisdom of Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Political Science - 2002 - 228 pages
...Methought I was — there is no man can tell what. Methought I was — and methought I had — but man is a patched fool, if he will offer to say what methought...conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was. Bottom— MND IV.i True, I talk of dreams, Which are the children of an idle brain, Begot of nothing...
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William Shakespeare: The Complete Works

William Shakespeare - Literary Collections - 1989 - 1280 pages
...— there is no man can tell what. Methought I was, and methought I had, — but "inn is but a patcht s b repon, what my dream was. I will get Peter Quince to write a ballet of this dream: it shall be called...
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Putting History to the Question: Power, Politics, and Society in English ...

Michael Neill - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 464 pages
...stumbling attempt to articulate his dream should paraphrase a celebrated passage from 1 Corinthians (2.9): "the eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath...conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was" (4.1.209-12). The biblical passage refers to the "hidden wisdom" of "the deep things of God" whose...
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Reading Hume's Dialogues: A Veneration for True Religion

William Lad Sessions - Religion - 2002 - 296 pages
...noted. No eye has seen [them], O God, but You, Who act for those who trust in You." (Isaiah 64:3) 8. "The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath...conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was" (A Midsummer Night's Dream, IV.i.21 8-221). 9. In germ, this is precisely the kind of a priori argument...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 46

Stanley Wells - Drama - 2002 - 280 pages
...sense of it, and he tangles up the senses while paraphrasing St Paul to express his puzzlement and awe: 'The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath...conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was' (4.1.208-11). Human senses and powers collapse under the effort to report the experience that he recalls....
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The Sound of Shakespeare

Wes Folkerth - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 147 pages
...is most evident from the remarks he makes upon waking from his dream, when he declares in amazement 'The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath...conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was' (4.1.209-12). The perceptual confusion indicated in the speech is an unintentional effect of the confusion...
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