Do Walter Schott, Henri Matisse and Fritz Ascher all go back to Titania’s instruction to her fairy train in the last scene of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place.
In 1921, the same year Ascher drew Dancers, he drew other scenes from Shakespeare, such as King John, King Richard II and Henry IV. Moreover, we know that he loved poetry, and even wrote his own.
Today, poetry is on the rise in the United States! According to new NEA findings, in the past five years, the number of poetry readers in the United States has almost doubled to a total of 28 million adults. The largest increase in poetry readership has come from young people ages 18–24, among whom African Americans, Asian Americans, and other non-white, non-Hispanic groups now read poetry at the highest rates.
Fritz Ascher wrote the poem Summer Idyll in 1945:
The old trees chat,
in the finery of their greenery.
Then they linger in the stillness -,
As they show their shine around –
There where the modest flowers
are strewn in rings around them.
Delicate limbs look with amazement;
Flitting and folding about =
Free as young love.
Then they murmur renewed.
Revived enflamed shining white –
Everything brightens and rejoices.