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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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“When we are born, we cry that we are come/To this great stage of fools.”

King Lear Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Act Four:  Edgar finds his blinded father who – not recognizing his son – asks to be taken to Dover to commit suicide.  Edmund, Goneril and Oswald enter, discussing Albany’s … Continue reading

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“I have full cause of weeping, but this heart/Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws/Or e’er I’ll weep. O fool, I shall go mad.”

King Lear Act Two, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————————— For my Sunday evening post, and before we dive into Act Three (perhaps the pinnacle OF the pinnacle that is King Lear), I thought we should step back a bit … Continue reading

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“The Fool remains a better critic of Lear than all later resenters of the king, because he accepts Lear’s sublimity and uniqueness and they cannot.”

King Lear Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————- To start, a bit about the Fool.  It’s the changes in the Folio that affect the Fool more than other character in the play.  And in fact, his dramatic importance … Continue reading

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“O, reason not the need! Our basest beggars.Are in the poorest thing superfluous.”

King Lear Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————————– Act Two:  Edmund tells Edgar of their father’s anger and persuades him to flee, at which point Edgar decides to disguise himself as a beggar.  Meanwhile, Kent has attacked Goneril’s … Continue reading

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