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Titania, Queen of the Fairies



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Arthur Rackham: Titania, Queen of the Fairies

Title: Titania (from A Midsummer Night's Dream) by Arthur Rackham.

In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the queen of the fairies is named Titania. Although a Fairy Queen exists in the literature of several cultures earlier, Shakespeare is the first to call her Titania, a name after the titans of Greek Mythology. Fairies have long been a popular subject. The longest poem in the English language is the Edmund Spenser's epic poem, The Faerie Queen, whose first installment was published in 1590. Spenser's Faery Queen has no name, but is known to be an allegory for Queen Elizabeth I. Shakespeare's Titania has at once a child-like innocence, and at the same time suggests an alluring and otherwordly love goddess. Shakespeare may well have heard of Aine, the earliest known Fairy Queen in the British Isles. Originally a free-spirited Celtic goddess of love, Aine became "Queen of the Fairies" when Christianity reached Ireland.

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