Monthly Archives: August 2013

“O call me not to justify the wrong/That thy unkindness lays upon my heart.”

Shakespeare Sonnet #139 SONNET 139 O, call not me to justify the wrong That thy unkindness lays upon my heart; Wound me not with thine eye but with thy tongue; Use power with power and slay me not by art. … Continue reading

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“The oldest hath borne most; we that are young/Shall never see so much, nor live so long.”

King Lear Act Five, Part Four By Dennis Abrams ———————– To continue with Mark Van Doren: “As the third act opens we listen to a gentleman telling Kent that Lear has made the plunge: he has disappeared into a world … Continue reading

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“The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices/Make instruments to plague us.”

King Lear Act Five, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————— From Marjorie Garber’s Shakespeare and Modern Culture: “Shakespeare’s King Lear was written and performed at a moment of high volatility and change in the use of mathematics, pictorial perspective, and, … Continue reading

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“Men must endure/Their going hence, even as their coming hither: Ripeness is all.”

King Lear Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————————- To continue with Harold Bloom: “The double plot of King Lear adds considerable complexity to what would already be the most emotionally demanding of Shakespeare’s plays, even if the grim … Continue reading

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“Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life, /And thou no breath at all?/Thou’lt come no more./Never, never, never, never, never.”

King Lear Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————————- Act Five (Spoiler Alert!):  Regan, also in love with Edmund, demands to know whether or not he has any feelings for Goneril, but he denies everything. As Goneril and Albany … Continue reading

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“A man may see how this world goes with no eyes. Look with thine ears.”

King Lear Act Four, Part Three By Dennis Abrams  ———————————— Before we dive into Act Five, I thought a few “lighter” pieces to start with might be in order… First, from Living With Shakespeare, James Earl Jones’ take on Lear: … Continue reading

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“The worst is not/So long as we can say ‘This is the worst.’’’

King Lear Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————– From Harold Bloom: “If we could speak of a poetic rather than dramatic center to the tragedy, we might choose the meeting between the mad King Lear and blind Gloucester … Continue reading

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