365 Days of Shakespeare

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292. Tattoo designs inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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Many literary types cannot resist getting a tattoo that reflects their passion for the written word – which is why Shakespeare-inspired tattoos are particularly popular among that crowd. One of his most beloved comedies, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, has become a favorite among the inked for those who wish to decorate their bodies with a passage or an image. If you are interested in a tattoo inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, here are a few ideas to get you started:


“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

“Jack shall have Jill; Nought shall go ill; The man shall have his mare again, and all shall be well.”

“Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, such shaping fantasies, that apprehend more than cool reason ever comprehends.”

“And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name.”

“Love, therefore, and tongue-tied simplicity in least speak most, to my capacity.”

“’Tis almost fairy time.”

“Give me your hands, if we be friends, and Robin shall restore amends.”


-A fairy, of course, is a great image inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” since so much of the plot relies on them.

-There is quite a lot of nature imagery in the play. The most prominent, of course, is the “love-in-idleness”, or the purple flower whose magical properties causes so much of the mayhem. There is a white flower that is its counterpart, which takes the charm away. A duo of these flowers would be particularly pretty.

-There is also a lot of imagery that relates to the moon – Hippolyta starts it in the very first scene, Titania continues it, the mechanicals are pressed to find out the moon’s schedule, and several other characters mention the moon throughout the play. Therefore, a tattoo of a moon would be a beautiful image to have tattooed.

Any tattoo related to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will undoubtedly have an element of darkly whimsical beauty to it if it is an image, and certainly some beautiful poetry if it is a passage. Of course, these are only a few ideas and suggestions – there are surely other things that would be beautiful upon theskin, so read the play and look for pictures to find out what other tattoo ideas this play can offer!


Written by Caroline Mincks

July 20, 2010 at 12:20 AM

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