Thursday, February 27, 2014

Shakespeare: A Fairy Song


Over hill, over dale,
  Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
  Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander everywhere,      .
Swifter than the moon’s sphere;
And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats, spots you see;        
These be rubies, fairy favors
In those freckles live their savors.
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.

Commentary

This poem is portrayed as an elegant song from a fairy in a vibrant flashy manner. In this poem there is a fairy that keeps going around and spreading dew droplets on every flower she come across. These flowers are known as cowslips and she is spreading dewdrops on the,. She refer those flowers as her "fairy queen." Cowslips are the queen pensioners which mean that the queen is giving away something in return just like an employee gets a pension  in return of his services to his employer at work. The poem is all about a fairy serving the fairy queen. Her job is to make everything pretty and put dew drops over the cowslips. 
     It is obvious that the theme of this poem is the life and job of a fairy. Shakespeare diction shows how long ago this was written, and how the fairies communicate.  In the beginning Shakespeare uses repetition of the word over to stress how the fairies really catered to the fairy queen and the cow tails. He uses imagery a little to describe what the cocktails looked like, "in there gold coats." The tone of this seems to be exhausting due the fairies going "over here, over dale... over park, over pale." It gives the readers a mood of sadness for the overworking fairies. In my opinion i feel bad for the poor little fairies, and this poem makes me believe this mythical creature a little. 




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