Today I was wandering downtown in the rain when I found a book on the sale rack of our local bookstore titled, by and the Power of DreamingCatherine Shainberg. Right there three of my favorite things merged into one: Kabbalah, Dreaming and … a bargain!
Then, three pages in I found this quote:
The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
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.
— Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Another favorite: A Midsummer Night’s Dream is among my favorite Shakespearean plays (King Lear is the other). The connection between dreams, poetry, and imagination was making this $6.39 purchase into a treasure trove already … and then I read on to the author’s reflection on the quote, and by that point I was really happy I’d ventured out in the rain to do a little shopping. (Oh, and did I mention I had a Groupon, too? A real dream come true!)
Poets flourish at precisely this juncture between the imaginal and the verbal. To them the dream world is primal; verbal language is the servant of the dream.
— Catherine Shainberg, Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming, p. 3
Okay, time to stop blogging and continue reading, dreaming and who knows, maybe I’ll write some poems, too …
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