William Shakespeare quote about love from A Midsummer Night's Dream - The lunatic, the lover, and the poet are of imagination all compact
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The lunatic, the lover, and the poet are of imagination all compact
 William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream (1601). copy citation

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Author William Shakespeare
Source A Midsummer Night's Dream
Topic love imagination poetry
Date 1601
Language English
Reference
Note Written between 1590 and 1597
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1514/1514-h/1514-h.htm

Context

“More strange than true. I never may believe
These antique fables, nor these fairy toys. Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. The lunatic, the lover, and the poet Are of imagination all compact: One sees more devils than vast hell can hold; That is the madman: the lover, all as frantic, Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt: The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;” source

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