Puck, or Robin Goodfellow from the title page of Robin Goodfellow: His Mad Pranks and Merry Jests 1629 Puck is a character in a play called. Their sense thus weak, lost with their fears thus strong, Made senseless things begin to do them wrong; For briers and thorns at their apparel snatch; Some sleeves, some hats, from yielders all things catch. The call this domestic spirit a ; the Germans, or. This enchanting fantasy is a felicitous blend of slapstick, suspense, music, dancing and Shakespeare's lyric poetry. The hobgoblin Puck that evolved out of puki legends of England follows in kind. .
He has all sorts of magical abilities, from changing shape, to turning invisible, to assuming different people's voices, to transforming a man's head into an ass's head. His black costume and tendency to do somersaults and cartwheels suggest that this Alphan took his name from not from the Shakespearean Puck, but from the hockey puck, the black rubber disc used in Canada's national pasttime. The Mistake Oberon notices that Demetrius scorns Helena's love, and tells Puck to put the love potion in Demetrius' eyes as he sleeps. An illustration of Robin Goodfellow from 1639 represents the influence of imagery giving Puck the hindquarters, and horns of a goat. Popular ballads written well into the 17th century depicted him wearing animal skins and headgear antlers, animal ears etc. Puck used his shape-shifting to make mischief.
Puck is a comic, mischievous fairy who delights in playing tricks on mortals. He swings from sky-scrappers, not giving a damn about heights. Puck is a representative of the Trickster figure, which appears in most folklores. The Shakespearean Puck was sighted in de Lint's fictional city of Newford, in the short story collection The Ivory and the Horn. As a shape-shifter, Puck had many appearances, and he used them to make mischief. I led them on in this distracted fear, And left sweet Pyramus translated there: When in that moment, so it came to pass, Titania waked and straightway loved an ass.
I used to pretend to be an avatar of Hermes, which is rather amusing considering I am anything but quick. Puck or Robin Goodfellow is one of the most popular characters in English and Celtic folklore, being a faerie, goblin or devil. Northwind - Female Snow Wraith Main Racing Dragon 9. Oberon wants to trick Titania into making a fool of herself while he steals her Indian boy. I think the Prickleboggle would be the best darn, why don't they have tiny Prickleboggles! Shakespeare, who seems also to have been the first to miniaturise them, deliberately refashioned fairies to deliver them from their traditionally sinister associations. Are not you he That frights the maidens of the villagery, Skim milk, and sometimes labour in the quern, And bootless make the breathless housewife churn, And sometime make the drink to bear no barm, Mislead night-wanders, laughing at their harm? And this weak and idle theme, No more yielding but a dream, Gentles, do not reprehend: if you pardon, we will mend: And, as I am an honest Puck, If we have unearned luck Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue, We will make amends ere long; Else the Puck a liar call; So, good night unto you all.
And we fairies, that do run By the triple Hecate's team From the presence of the sun, Following darkness like a dream, Now are frolic. About a year later, I did a presentation on Elizabethan Faeries for my third year Shakespeare class at university. Used with Tori's kind permission. I suppose my first exposure to Puck was a comic book superhero. Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2012 Brooklyn theater production The Good-fellow Robin Hood and the Green Man. My gentle Puck, come hither.
He certainly has some of the features of legendary hobs and hobgoblins. And in my first month at journalism school 1994 , I had a chance to interview Sandman creator, Neil Gaiman. Main Sections Information About the Author Copyright All text, unless otherwise noted, and title graphics - © copyright Allen W. He puts a 's head on one character. Traditional Green Man Design by Rebecca Isacowitz While we know Robin Hood today as a character who robbed the rich and fed the poor, the very first written ballads of Robin Hood that we have on record tell of a very different character. I've also made it no secret that one of my favorite myths is Jack Frost and yes, my love pre-dates the Rise of the Guardians movie , and that I even based a dragon on the idea of Jack Frost, my Shivertooth Frostclaws.
The first edition of this novel was published in 1595, and was written by William Shakespeare. Kipling used to play A Midsummer Night's Dream with his own children. The name Robin is in origin, deriving from Robin, the pet form for the name. Too many adults lose something precious when they grow up. I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine: There sleeps Titania sometime of the night, Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight; And there the snake throws her enamell'd skin, Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in: And with the juice of this I'll streak her eyes, And make her full of hateful fantasies. I wonder what the Puritans would have thought. Then will two at once woo one; That must needs be sport alone; And those things do best please me That befal preposterously.
Now the hungry lion roars, And the wolf behowls the moon; Whilst the heavy ploughman snores, All with weary task fordone. According to his ballads from 1628, his birth echoes that of tales of the birth of Merlin, the famous wizard figure of the British Isles who is known most popularly today as the magical adviser to King Arthur. Stand close: this is the same Athenian. There's a record for a Robin Goodfellow ballad in 1588. One of Ariel's shape-changing alter-egos is Wayland Smith, a legendary blacksmith and a character in Puck of Pook's Hill. I jest to Oberon, and make him smile, When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile, Neighing in likeness of a filly foal: And sometime lurk I in a bowl, In very likeness of a roasted And when she drinks, against her lips I bob And on her withered pour the ale.
European Robin But the devil connection leads to another theory on the origin of Robin Goodfellow's name. In these ballads, Robin Goodfellow is the son of Oberon, the fairy king, and a mortal woman. Both are connected with seasons, Jack with fall and winter, and Robin with spring and summer. For example, he puts a love potion into the wrong person's eyes. A Hint of Shakespeare and a Really Weird Summer Dream The modern idea of Robin Goodfellow, or as he's more commonly known, Puck, largely comes from Shakespeare's comedy play A Midsummer Night's Dream my personal favorite of Shakespeare's works , written in 1596. Tricksters are considered primitive, naive, even ignorant. This Puck also has a secret identity for most of the series as the corporate bad guy's faithful servant, voiced superbly by Jeff Bennett.