William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, marriage, love
What is the best context for understanding and enjoying Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream? The play was probably written in 1594-95, then just before or after Romeo and Juliet. With its farce of tragic love in the play of Pyramus and Thisby (“‘very tragical mirth’” 5.1.57), is the play a witty rejoinder to that of the star-crossed lovers, making the pair of plays an exercise in the range of romantic genres?
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