King Lear with Audio CD
-- Hear recordings of great contemporary and historical performances of key scenes from ...more
Popular Answered Questions
A Fairy Tale I Give Thee, A ‘True Chronicle History’
The Bard, as Himself
World, as Itself
You, as Fool, in the Bard’s service
Kings, Daughters, Sons, Knights, Fools, Gentlemen, Soldiers, Attendants, Messengers, Servants.]
Sennet. Enter [The Bard, You]
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.
I've read Lear many times, and, although I didn't learn anything new about the play this reading, I did learn a little about how I have changed. 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 ...more
ويا لقسوة الدهر على شيخوختك
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!...
لا أظن ان هناك من استطاع تصوير الانحدار نحو الجنون كما ...more
The play has a kind of primal power, which I find hard to explain. The plot is fairly typically Shakespeare, perhaps a little more complicated than usual, mixing elements taken from legend and from the historical record. At the outse ...more
Let's take a jog through memory lane...to my high school years...when I fell in love with Shakespeare's work...(With some added dialogue and gifs of course, IOW = In Other Words)
We see in King Lear, that Shakespeare shows a contrast between the role a man plays in society and the role man plays for himself. Lear is, as known, a King and is supposed to be a man in control. A King of high status is loved by many and is in charge of everything that goes on in the Kingdom; overlooks others. Lear is ...more
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 betwee ...more
Thinking about it in retrospect, a useful guide for King Lear is provided by another of Shakespeare's characters, Jacques, and his Ages of Ma ...more
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 fa ...more
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 more 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 ...more
FOOLA longer, less menacing variation on this song was sung by the Fool at the end of Twelfth Night, as the curtain set on its "happy ending" and I was left to ponder how easily those swiftly married and more swiftly avenging characters could turn on their comedy in an instant. The quoted occurs near the middle of King Lear within a hovel in the midst ...more
He that has and a little tiny wit—
With heigh-ho, the wind and the rain—
Must make content with his fortunes fit,
For the rain it raineth every day.
The heartbreaking irreversibility of mortality. Age and loss. The stripping away of self. Love. ...more
This time was the second time I have seen it performed by the Bell Shakespeare Company. This one was much better than the last – and I think I can say that because this time the performance brought out lots of the humour of the play. This is a play that is as dark as it is possible to mak ...more
بضدها تتميز الأشياء
هنا الشر و الخير في صراع قوي و عنيف
هنا الخيانة و العقوق و الأنانية و محبة المال و السلطة و الخداع و التملق
و هنا أيضا الوفاء و الحب الحقيقي و التضحية وانكار الذات
هنا تكريم الكاذب الخادع
و احتقار و نفي الصادق المخلص
و بناءً عليه فإن الأحداث كما يطلق علي هذه المرحلة من أدب شكسبير :
و كالعادة جمال الأسلوب و متعة الحوار بين الشخصيات ..بلا حشو أو ملل
حينما نري أسيادنا
يقاسون ما نقاسي
لا نشعر بمصائبنا
و من تألم وحده كان ألمه أشد علي النفس
حيت يولّي ظهره لمظاهر السعا ...more
And along the way, don't forget, we ge ...more
The Fool’s presence in King Lear lasts for little more than two acts. While the fool provides some needed comic relief, more importantly, he serves as Lear’s moral guide, illuminating Lear’s faults and provoking Lear to action. The first references to the Fool serve to let us know that he’s not in Goneril’s camp, and he is sympathetic to Cordelia.
When the Fool does at last appear, Lear’s regard is apparent. The Fool, in conversation with Kent, refers to Lear obliquely as “this fellow” ...more
Upon re-reading, I'm struck by the observation that the King of France is the smartest man here. The only one whose actions show any kind of foresight. "She is herself a dowry...". Although he got sloppy seconds and his calculated risk didn't pay off, he saw the writing on the wall from Act 1, Scene 1. He knew them skanky beyotches, G & R, would do themselves in and that Lear would lose his shit when he realized what he'd done. And he'd have ...more
King Lear, a play by William Shakespeare, was a depiction of traitors within families. Something akin to a soap opera at times, and something that most people with a family can attest to. Lear is a king with three daughters, the youngest, Cordelia, being the only one who loves him. When Lear decides he wants to retire and divide up the kingdom, he summons his daughters to him and asks them how much they love him. He uses their answer to decide how mu ...more
Me gustó éste libro, trata sobre la ingratitud filial y el desprecio a la vejez. Cómo todo cae ante la búsqueda del poder dañando a otros, y cómo abusan de las personas ancianas. Qué temas tan duros.
Will Shakespeare te aplaudo donde quieras que estés por representar tan bien éstos defectos de la sociedad, que aún hoy en día se ven. Tus obras perduraron en el tiempo, por muchos siglos, y eso es algo que hay que admirar.
**SPOILERS A CONTINUACIÓN**
Los personajes están bien diferenciados, quiénes...more
همون ماجرای قدیمی بی وفایی فرزندان و پادشاهی که فریب حرف های محبت آمیز رو خورد و چاپلوسی رو به محبت واقعی ترجیح داد.
وقتی نصف کتاب رو خوندم تازه یادم افتاد حیفه که نسخه ی انگلیسیش رو نمی خونم:/
Amore filiale, amore del potere, amore carnale, amore.
E la parola. Parola sibillina, parola urlata, parola scritta, parola non detta.
Quando questi due elementi prendono strade diverse dirompente si staglia la tragedia dell'uomo. Solo così comprendo il monito disperato e inascoltato di Shakespeare quando, per bocca di Edgard afferma che noi dobbiamo "dire ciò che sentiamo e non quello che conviene dire”.
I think the oft-repeated maxim that Shakespeare's plays are best seen and not read is most true for his sex jokes and for King Lear. Because, in seeing King Lear, I felt fo ...more
|Best Shakespeare Play Ever?||44||394||Jun 01, 2015 06:17AM|
|Goodreads Librari...: Alternate book cover||3||13||Aug 04, 2014 12:09PM|
|Huntsville-Madiso...: Community Read Staff Pick - King Lear by William Shakespeare||1||2||Apr 12, 2014 03:18PM|
|Huntsville-Madiso...: Community Read Staff Pick - King Lear||1||6||Apr 12, 2014 03:18PM|
|Eclectic Readers: King Lear||9||9||Dec 08, 2013 12:07AM|
|Public Play House: King Lear||2||6||Sep 02, 2013 06:39AM|
|Othello's epilepsy||6||46||Jul 01, 2013 08:44AM|