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Midsummer Eve, A

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Midsummer Eve, A

Thought to be written between 1590 and 1596, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works and is described as romantic, dreamlike, farcical, and fantastic. The character of Puck, a mischievous woodland sprite/goblin, was derived from traditional English folklore.

Since the 13th century in England, the summer solstice has been celebrated as Midsummer Eve with people lighting bonfires, feasting, and engaging in general merrymaking. In England, Midsummer Eve is usually celebrated on either June 23 (St. John’s Eve) or on June 28 (St. Peter’s Eve).