King Lear

King Lear By William Shakespeare, King Lear Criticism provides thirteen major critical interpretations and three provocative adaptations and responses toKing Lear Critical interpretation is provided by Samuel Johnson Charles Lamb Peter Brook
  • Title: King Lear
  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • ISBN: 9780393926644
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • King Lear By William Shakespeare, Criticism provides thirteen major critical interpretations and three provocative adaptations and responses toKing Lear Critical interpretation is provided by Samuel Johnson, Charles Lamb, Peter Brook, Michael Warren, Lynda E Boose, Janet Adelman, and R A Foakes, among others The adaptations and responses are by Nahum Tate, John Keats, and Edward Bond A Selected Bibl Criticism provides thirteen major critical interpretations and three provocative adaptations and responses toKing Lear Critical interpretation is provided by Samuel Johnson, Charles Lamb, Peter Brook, Michael Warren, Lynda E Boose, Janet Adelman, and R A Foakes, among others The adaptations and responses are by Nahum Tate, John Keats, and Edward Bond A Selected Bibliography is also included.
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    1. William Shakespeare

      William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed often than those of any other playwright.Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s Day.At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613 His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare s.Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589 There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.

    530 thoughts on “King Lear”

    1. I ve read Lear many times, and, although I didn t learn much about the play this reading, I did learn a little about myself I have always loved the play, but in the past I found its injustice and evil nigh overpowering, its victims pathetically guiltless, its perspective verging on the nihilistic Now, though, I see goodness and grace everywhere in Cordelia s plain spoken honesty and love for Lear, in Kent and Gloster s loyalty, in Edgar s bizarre attempt to heal his father s soul through stratag [...]


    2. King Lear, William Shakespeare 1973 1995 1339 200 1347 296 1373 1375 9644452518 1379 1380 1381 1382 1387 9789644452512 1391 17 1382 144 9647656408 1355 222 9789642131631 1393 58 9789642131631 1394 240 9786002531919 1394 64 9786008175170


    3. My first encounter with Shakespeare has totally swept me off my feet As much as I had heard of the indisputable grandeur of the most famous playwright of all times I never expected to be so immersed in the swirling undercurrents of the incongruities of human nature that are so vividly portrayed in this tragedy Even though my inexpensive Wordsworth edition wasn t generous with annotations or academic essays, the universality of Shakespeare s art, wrought in versed polyptotons, playful aphorisms a [...]



    4. In times of change, stress or general uneasiness, I find myself repeatedly quoting Shakespeare.There is something soothing in the knowledge that he wrote all those unforgettable lines over 400 years ago and they still make so much sense sometimes sense than our most recent literary production I know that I am in some kind of identity crisis when King Lear comes to my mind again, and I open the highly impractical Collected Works of Shakespeare and try to find Lear without completely breaking the [...]


    5. How sharper than a serpent s tooth it is to have a thankless child Good King Lear, feared in his younger days, has two, in pagan Britain, the inhabitants worship the numerous gods, there, hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, the ancient ruler, in his eighties, can no longer govern well, no stamina, his mind is deteriorating quickly, with no sons but three devoted daughters, he believes, decides to divide the kingdom, equally, between them, but first the widower monarch, needs to hear ho [...]


    6. As one who is always looking for books by authors from around the globe and seeking out hidden gems, books that have been defined as classics, especially by western authors, are usually the ones that get short changed With three days offline and ample time to read, I thought it was high time that I read a Shakespearean play, having not read one since last year In school, students are generally asked to read one Shakespeare a year, yet by scheduling quirks, I ended up reading The Merchant of Veni [...]


    7. Book Review3 of 5 stars to King Lear, a tragic play by William Shakespeare, published in 1603 I enjoyed the play and then watched a few film versions My review will cover both the book and the film I saw with a bit of sarcasm and humor just to be different than all the other ones LOL Lear is an absolutely ridiculous character who belongs in the looney bin in my opinion He has lost all control over his life, his family, and his kingdom He is foolish, blind, and stubborn When reading the play, I t [...]


    8. A Fairy Tale I Give Thee, A True Chronicle History Dramatis Person The Bard, as HimselfWorld, as ItselfYou, as Fool, in the Bard s serviceKings, Daughters, Sons, Knights, Fools, Gentlemen, Soldiers, Attendants, Messengers, Servants Act 1.1Sennet Enter The Bard, You Bard Hark, A Fairy Tale I Give Thee, Fit for Today s Times I have in my time, written many plays tragedies, comedies, all but reader beware this might be my darkest vision yet I will exalt you and in death s throngs.Have you heard of [...]


    9. This is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays In college honors English at U Tennessee Knoxville, I stumbled into a dissertation about a comparison of epic and tragic, using as templates Lear and Milton s Paradise Lost In all of English class papers, there may never have been a seasoned example of pure bull and left field logic I think I got a B , just because my instructor may have been worried about whether or not my meds had kicked in Still, in composing the literary testimony of my ignorance [...]


    10. Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks Rage Blow You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout Till you have drenched our teeples, drowned the cocks You sulphurour and thought executing fires, Vaunt couriers to oak cleaving thunderbolts, Singe my white head And thou, all shaking thunder, Strike flat the thick rotundity o the world Crack nature s molds, all germens spill at once That make ingrateful man And worse I may be yet the worst is notSo long as we can say This is the worst.Love s not loveWhen it is mi [...]


    11. I was lucky enough to be living in Stockholm when Ingmar Bergman staged Lear at the Swedish National Theatre in the late 80s, and I saw it twice Bergman s take on the play was very interesting and unusual he interpreted it as fundamentally optimistic.Obviously, you re wondering why, and in the hands of a lesser director it would probably just have been a piece of unnecessary perversity Bergman s reasoning was, in fact, not bizarre He saw the key scene of the play as the reconciliation between Le [...]


    12. Honestly didn t enjoy this as much as I had expected to I think my expectations were too high But, it was still an enjoyable play


    13. This is where Shakespeare takes off the gloves He brings us right to the edge of the abyss, then kicks us over that edge King Lear is the most devastating by far of the Shakespeare tragedies this is a play which leaves the reader shattered as the curtain falls The play has a kind of primal power, which I find hard to explain The plot is fairly typically Shakespeare, perhaps a little complicated than usual, mixing elements taken from legend and from the historical record At the outset, Lear is a [...]


    14. In a world where every king must give up his crown, where tragedies end in death and all comes to dust, this is a hopeful tale This hope won t appear in a plot summary or in the morbid sum of deaths by play s end, and yet there are key moments of reconciliation for both of the aged, long suffering characters After experiencing little but anguish for much of the play, Lear and Gloucester are granted a reprieve from the darkest of fates Granted, these 11th hour reprieves are short lived, but in a [...]


    15. 2109 fellow Goodreaders can t be wrong gave it 1 star Many call it boring Some even say it is predictable and has no moral lesson That these people have the right to vote and to procreate is frightening to me.I am NOT ranking the play itself here, only the Norton Critical Edition version 2007 Shakespeare s Lear is, duh, one of western culture s great achievements and personally I think it has become my favorite Shakespeare play.I won t lie I didn t even finish this one All of the false identity [...]


    16. As the bright red firament of stars above might give away, I really responded to this play I may have done so in both negative and positive ways, but this story made a really lasting impression on me It did for me what Macbeth could not gave me genuinely tragic characters who earned the tears and compassion that I gave for them by the end of the journey.Thinking about it in retrospect, a useful guide for King Lear is provided by another of Shakespeare s characters, Jacques, and his Ages of Man s [...]


    17. This year I made it my goal to increase the amount of Shakespeare plays I have read and this included revisiting some of my favourites I first read King Lear whilst in school, and can remember relatively little about my experience of reading it but could recall the most significant moments of the plot.This focuses on the family drama that ensues after King Lear requests his three daughters to pronounce their love for their father The two eldest daughters freely proclaim their love whilst younger [...]




    18. Second Reading Just as amazing as I remembered First Reading Tonight is opening night for my school s extracurricular performance of this wonderful play I ve read it probably a minimum of 20 times over these past 10 weeks and just fell in love with this entire story I adore all my cast mates and just can t get over how excited I am to perform this And I cannot be grateful enough to be playing such a strong, powerful, wicked character like Regan She was so fun to get to know and I hope I do her j [...]


    19. To call King Lear a tragedy somehow seems lacking I don t know where in literature let alone in real life you could find a greater succession of calamities, all coming to a bad end It s generally regarded as one of Shakespeare s greatest works, right along with Hamlet and Macbeth.4.5 stars


    20. El teatro, el drama, es un g nero que no acostumbro a leer muy a menudo, pero cada vez que me acerco a este tipo de cl sicos, lo hago a partir de William Shakespeare S lo tengo cuatro libros del genial bardo, a saber y en orden de predilecci n Macbeth, Hamlet, La Tempestad y este, que me ha agradado en buena manera Los dos primeros que enumero siguen siendo mis predilectos, especialmente Macbeth, por ser la obra m s oscura y malvada de Shakespeare.Respecto de El Rey Lear, y como en la mayor a de [...]



    21. One day I may find the time and the energy to prepare some well thought out, elegantly composed, insightful and informative reviews of Shakespeare s greatest plays affording them with at least a modicum of the respect that they justly deserve In the meantime I am offering a few very quickly thought through ideas on what are undoubtedly the greatest English language literary works for the stage ever written.The majority of Shakespeare s 37 or 38 plays depending on who you ask are imbued with bril [...]


    22. A Story of a Man who just wants to be Loved16 April 2009 This is by far and away my favourite Shakespeare play It is a very dark and brooding play that is not only incredibly violent, but also ends very badly for most of the main characters King Lear is one of Shakespeare s great tragedies along with the Scottish Play and Hamlet though I find that Hamlet is a lot tighter and the plots are a lot intertwined than King Lear What I mean by this is that there are, I ll say two, plots running side by [...]


    23. I gave you all.And in good time you gave it.They told me I was everything tis a lie There s little respect for the old where I come from My personal bias being what it is, it s taken some time for me to look past my individual justification to the broader scope of human beings inheriting power from human beings Land, fealty, divine right Once you held sway over three begotten children Now authority has turned contumely and you seek to divest it and its bloodsuckers into the hands of those you tr [...]



    24. This was something that I read as an A level set text in English Literature at the age of seventeen or so It s only many years later that it is slowly dawning on me just how shocking a play it is Not simply because of the ultra violence on and off stage and for well over a hundred years theatre goers saw a version with a happy ending in which Cordelia wasn t hanged by the neck until dead but the device of concurrent monologues with actors on stage not engaged in dialogue and the pre Christian se [...]


    25. His greatest work, in my opinion, which makes it one of the greatest works of art our species has produced Its greatness lies not just in its language or in its analysis of power, but in the extraordinary structure of it, and its complete refusal to follow the usual dramatic arcs How shocking must it have been for a Jacobean audience to see a god chosen king reduced to scrabbling around in a hovel The heartbreaking irreversibility of mortality Age and loss The stripping away of self Love Torture [...]


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