Archive for June, 2007

Plants in Merchant of Venice

June 21, 2007

Apple: [1.3.94-99]. Grass: [1.1.15-22]. Pine: [4.1.70-80]. Reed: reed voice [2.9.62-72]. Wheat: [1.1.114-118].

General References: seed and chaff, [2.9.41-49]; fruit [4.1.114-118]; trees [5.1.1-6]; enchanted herbs [5.1.12-14]; trees [5.1.70-88].

Trees

June 21, 2007

Merchant of Venice, [5.1.70-88]. Lorenzo. The reason is, your spirits are attentive./ For do but note a wild and wanton herd,/ or race of youthful and unhandled colts,/ Fetching made bounds, bellowing and neighing loud,/ Which is the hot condition of their blood;/ If they but hear perchance a trumpet sound,/ Or any air of music touch their ears,/ you shall perceive them make a mutual stand,/ Their savage eyes turn’d to a modest gaze by the sweet power of music. Therefore the poet/ Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods,/ Since nought so stockish, hard, and full of rage,/ But music for the time doth change his nature./ The man that hath no music in himself,/ Nor is not mov’d with concord of sweet sounds,/ Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils;/ The motions of his spirit are dull as night/ And his affections dark as Erebus./ Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.

Herbs

June 21, 2007

Merchant of Venice, [5.1.12-14]. Jessica. In such a night/ Medea gather’d the enchanted herbs/ That did renew old Aeson.

Willow

June 21, 2007

Merchant of Venice, [5.1.9-12]. Lorenzo. In such a night/ Stood Dido with a willow in her hand/ Upon the wild sea banks and waft her love/ To come again to Carthage.

Trees

June 21, 2007

Merchant of Venice, [5.1.1-6]. Lorenzo. The moon shines bright. In such a night as this,/ When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees/ And they did make no noise, in such a night/ Troilus methinks mounted the Troyan walls/ And sigh’d his soul toward the Grecian tents,/ Where Cressid lay that night.