Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Wednesdays with Words: The Wild Thyme Blows
We have been reading such good things in school, working our way through Kidnapped and A Midsummer Night's Dream in particular. I posted pictures of my commonplace book last week with quotes from both; one I liked the ideas within and the other two quotes the poetics of.
I mean, the assonance and near rhyme that Scott and Shakespeare used for setting a mood - of drearieness or amusement - are subtle when read to oneself and much more blatant aloud. Read "The nearer I got to that, the drearier it appeared." with a Scots accent and it becomes eerie. And, poor Bottom, extempore roaring? He is so unaware of the humor he provides us.
But these quotes are not the one I have chosen for today. I choose one not new to me - but new in context - from our Shakespeare reading. A verse I was first introduced to reading Ken Ludwig's How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare. It's lovely and breezy at first, but becomes much more devious - in a way to move the plot along - as Oberon decides upon his trickery. The first part is so lovely, though, so gentle and descriptive: