Sunday, April 10, 2011

Bottom's Apocalypse and Synesthesia: man as ass

I had no idea the prophetic synesthesia in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream":


Bottom’s Apocalypse:
“I see a voice,” says Bottom the Weaver.  And we all laugh.
John on Patmos hears a trumpet voice, and turns “to see the voice” (Revelation 1:12).
We know Bottom is a seer from his later garbled use of Pauline visionary language.  Bottom is Paul the seer, and John the seer, seeing things normally hidden from view.  He sees quite to the bottom of things when he sees that man is an ass fondled by fairies 
 -posted by Peter J. Leithart

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