"I am like Titania of the fairies"


Titania is the Fairy Queen in William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Married to Oberon, the King of the Fairies, the beautiful, sharp-witted and proud Titania is enchanted by Puck, her husband’s servant, and falls in love with Nick Bottom the Weaver, whose head has been magically changed into that of a donkey.

Due to Shakespeare’s influence, Titania has since been taken as the name of a Fairy Queen for other works of literature and art. She appears in Goethe’s Faust I and Tennyson’s play The Foresters amongst others, and one of Uranus’s moons is named after her.

Full text of A Midsummer Night’s Dream online or watch a BBC animated version of the play: