We did listen to our visitors and followers on social media! The publication of the poem Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare was well received. That is why we decided to analyze another poem written by Shakespeare: A fairy song.
The poem A fairy song tells us the story about a fairy that spreads dewdrop on every flower he sees. These flowers are the Primula veris, also known as Cowslips. This flowering plant belongs to the family of the Primrose.
The Cowslips that Shakespeare mentioned in this poem, are the pensioners of the queen. These flowers are the Fairy queen and this queen is giving things as an answer to those who give something to the queen.
The poem is part of the well-known Midsummer Night’s Dream. This poem was written in the years 1595 – 1596. This play is about the marriage of Theseus – Duke of Athens – and Hippolyta – former queen of the Amazons. This play is by far, one of the most popular works written by Shakespeare.
This poem is just one of the fine examples of beautiful written sixteenth-century poetry. Poetry that until today is considered to be inspiring for many. The play is still performed today.
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;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.
— William Shakespeare