by practicalspactical


© Painting by Sir Joseph Noel Paton, 1847. Public domain.

A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream has been described as an epithalamium, a song sung to brides as they are taken to their marriage beds — 

And thus, the play enfolds — it is about lust and love and beauty and danger and way love o’erpowers us completely, the way it is a thing of darkness and of the abyss and of the deep shadowy beauty of the world at night —