Titania Called It

Sometimes Shakespeare really nails it.

Lately I have been hearing Leanne say some lines that really echo human-caused Climate Change.

She is playing Titania, The Faerie Queen, in the Bard on the Bandstand production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Midsummer Nights Dream Poster

I am playing Oberon, the Faerie King.

The King and Queen are not getting along and it’s causing all kinds of problems.

Titania describes it like this:

Therefore the moon, the governess of floods,
Pale in her anger, washes all the air,
That rheumatic diseases do abound:
And thorough this distemperature we see
The seasons alter: hoary-headed frosts
Far in the fresh lap of the crimson rose,
And on old Hiems‘ thin and icy crown
An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds
Is, as in mockery, set: the spring, the summer,
The childing autumn, angry winter, change
Their wonted liveries, and the mazed world,
By their increase, now knows not which is which:
And this same progeny of evils comes
From our debate, from our dissension;
We are their parents and original.

Oberon responds with:

Do you amend it then; it lies in you:
Why should Titania cross her Oberon?

Which is a pretty typical response to the global threat of Climate Change, isn’t it? If we’re not denying it’s happening, we’re expecting someone else to do something about it.

The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by Sir Joseph Noel Paton


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James Rowley

James lives in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada with his amazing partner, Leanne Koehn, and their two amazing kids in their beautiful house. He studied Science and English Literature at the University of British Columbia where he met Leanne. He also studied acting for a while at Studio 58 in Vancouver. He works as a teacher of English and curriculum writer for new Canadians.

2 thoughts on “Titania Called It”

  1. Well that’s quite a brilliant literary analogy of the workings of human logic! The so oft’ conscious ignorance of that which is well documented by environmental scientists, brilliant minds, and common sense! It’s much easier to live in fairyland, than to take any personal responsibility, that’s for sure! This I acknowledge first hand, as someone who could do more! Thanks for posting James, yet another example of Shakespeare’s anachronistic genius and forsight into human folly and foible!!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Pam! Another good one will come up if Emerald Pig ever does Julius Caesar. How does it go? “O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
      That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!”

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