Year 7 have been studying A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They have written their own magic spells for Puck to use on the lovers’ eyes which are written in Iambic Pentameter.
Lambic Pentameter is a technique often used by Shakespeare which structures writing in lines of 10 syllables. The rhythm as it is read should follow a da DUM da DUM pattern, like a heartbeat.
Squirt the potion into the lover’s eyes,
The one they truly love they now despise,
A petal of daffodil and primrose,
The potion will make the lovers’ eyes close,
An acorn full of spring water and grape,
Their deepest affection they shall now fake,
Up in a branch of tree do chant the spell,
Your mischievous trick shall go very well.
From the majestic land of Athens’ hills,
The glistening dew from wild daffodils,
A drop of spring water lovingly drawn,
A primrose petal so carefully torn,
A fistful of blackberries, ground and squeezed,
A feather of dove with ripe nectar teased,
The resting lovers won’t suspect a thing,
Don’t worry, Puck’s here to fix everything,
A concoction of flowers, herbs and sap,
In their eyes I will pour an acorn cap
Of my powerful potion now complete,
They will fall in love with who they first greet.
A sprinkle of rose petals, tree sap drops,
Crumble the violets the jasmine and herbs.
A dash of water from the waterfall,
Take fistfuls of leaves; fallen from a tree;
Grind it together and squish it with bark.
Take drops of moonlight stolen through a fog,
And bake it with sunlight rays at the dawn.
Then squeeze the fine mixture ‘til juice comes forth,
And drip it in the eyes of thine mistress.
For when she awakes, under a great spell,
She will fall in love with the first life there.
It will fill her heart with unending joy,
Her eyes sparkling with diamonds from heaven,
As if an angel descended on her,
A crown of light and a face of wonder,
For that is what she will perceive of him.
He is an angel like slugs are flowers,
His ugliness is like a dead man’s skull.
Fate leads them there as sure as the sunrise,
And so we shall see what happens to them.