One of the later plays, King Lear is such a powerful depicition of suffering and redemption it is now thought by many to be Shakespeare's greatest creation. When King Lear abdicates his throne and divides his kingdom between his three daughters, he offends both the law of family and law of kingship. Spiritually blind and on the brink of madness he begins to recognize the faults that lie within his soul and as the drama reaches its cathartic conclusion, to make amends for them. The New Penguin Shakespeare offers a complete edition of the plays and poems. Each volume has been newly prepared from the original texts and includes an introduction, a list of further reading, a full and helpful commentary, and a short account of the textual problems of the play. 'This heart Shall break into a thousand flaws Or ere I'll weep'.
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AN ACCOUNT OF THE TEXT
WORDS FOR MUSIC IN KING LEAR
A. C. Bradley Albany bastard Burgundy Cordelia CORNWALL daughters death dost Dover Dr Johnson Duke Duke of Albany Duke of Cornwall Edgar Edmund Elizabethan Enter Kent Enter Lear Exeunt Exit eyes F reading father fear Folio follow Fool fortune foul fiend foul papers France GENTLEMAN give GLOUCESTER Gloucester's gods Gonerill and Regan grace hast hath hear heart honour i'the KENT Kent's kind King Lear knave Lear's letter look lord madam means moral nature night noble nuncle o'er o'the omitted Oswald perhaps play plot poor Poor Tom Pray presumably prose in Q Quarto royal plural scene seems sense servant Shakespeare Shakespearian sister speak speech stage direction stand sword tears tell theatrical thee thine things thou art thought tion traitor trumpet Twelfth Night uncorrected villain W. W. Greg wind word