A Midsummer Night's Dream Essay

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[The immense expanses created by Shakespeare's extraordinary poetic imagination, Van Doren affirms, are vast enough to house the fairy realms and the world Q/ ordinary reality, including all the peculiar manifestations Q/ either place. The critic then examines the dramatist's ability to describe the separate and often quite dissimilar regions of the play's universe by drawing on the rich resources of poetry. Particularly in the supernatural sphere. Shakespeare's descriptions reach a remarkable geographic precision and undeniable suggestiveness. Referring to the playwright's depiction Q/ both worlds, Van Doren further observes that the "poetry of the play is dominated by the words moon and water. "As a result of their enormous allusive potential, these images engender an entire network of interlocking symbois which greatly enrich the text. In Van Doren's opinion, this fundamental poetic symbolism affects the entire universe of the play. 'Moon," Van Doren concludes, "water, and wet flowers...

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