I’ll Tumbl For Ya Tuesdays: Titania and Bottom

Brush up your Shakespeare. Start quoting him now.

It’s I’ll Tumbl For Ya Tuesdays, where I raid other people’s Tumblrs for library/book-themed pictures so I don’t have to man up and write something. Today’s theme is Titania and Bottom from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of my favorite plays. I have several representations of these two characters around my apartment and I thought I’d go hunting for some new interpretations. Let’s do this together, shall we?

Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed,
While I thy amiable cheeks do coy,
And stick musk-roses in thy sleek smooth head,
And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy.

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“Titania, Bottom and the Fairies” by Henry Fuseli

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I’ve had this one up in my apartment for a thousand years.

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Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.

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Out of this wood do not desire to go:
Thou shalt remain here, whether thou wilt or no.

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Be kind and courteous to this gentleman;
Hop in his walks and gambol in his eyes;

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Feed him with apricocks and dewberries,
With purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries;

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The honey-bags steal from the humble-bees,
And for night-tapers crop their waxen thighs
And light them at the fiery glow-worm’s eyes,
To have my love to bed and to arise;

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Bottom and Titania, James Cagney and Anita Louise in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1935

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Nod to him, elves, and do him courtesies.

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“Sleeping Sickness” by Mia Araujo

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Marc Chagall’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Alright, hunties. Enough of that. Onward to ALA Annual. Don’t mess it up!

~Love and Libraries, Ingrid

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