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" And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life! 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! "
The dramatic works of William Shakspeare, with notes original and selected ... - Sida 505
efter William Shakespeare - 1843
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Infirm Glory: Shakespeare and the Renaissance Image of Man

Sukanta Chaudhuri - 1981 - 231 sidor
...disintegration after it. His last speech still reflects the starkest question in human experience: Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life, And thou no breath at all? (V. iii. 306-7) By the time Lear dies, he has stretched every moral fibre to the uttermost. His very...
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The Cambridge Introduction to Early English Theatre

Janette Dillon - 2006 - 296 sidor
...'this great decay' (V. 3 .2 7 1 ); for Lear, Cordelia's death makes no sense in the scheme of things ('Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, / And thou no breath at all' (V.3. 280-1)); Lear's own death as he struggles to revive her merely ratchets up the suffering for...
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German Shakespeare Studies at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century

Christa Jansohn - 2006 - 318 sidor
...animal. Lear speaks the last words on this topic to the dead Cordelia, seconds before his own death: Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life And thou no breath at all? (5.3.305-6) This is not closure, not a clean exit, much less consolation. The seemingly random list...
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The Staging of Romance in Late Shakespeare: Text and Theatrical Technique

Christopher J. Cobb - 2007 - 304 sidor
...strikingly in a death speech written almost twenty years after Cosroe's: And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life! 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. Pray you undo this button. Thank you, sir....
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Double Vision: Moral Philosophy and Shakespearean Drama

Tzachi Zamir - 2011 - 256 sidor
...pictures, 'with downcast eyes beneath th' almighty dove'" (1893, p. 251). And my poor fool is hanged. No, no, no life? 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. Pray you, undo this button. Thank you, sir....
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King Lear

William Shakespeare - 2007 - 215 sidor
...virtue, and all foes The cup of their deservings. O see, see! 280 Lear And my poor fool158 is hanged! No, no, no life! 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! Pray you, undo this button.159 Thank you,...
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Blank Verse: A Guide to Its History and Use

Robert Burns Shaw - 2007 - 305 sidor
...Cordelia, his extremity of emotion is suggested by the savage and systematic wrenching of the meter: Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? Thou' It come no more, Never, never, never, never, never. Every foot is reversed in this line of "never's,"...
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Art of Faith

Kathy Coffey - 2006 - 151 sidor
...other words to every parent who has lost a child. "I might have saved her; now she's gone for ever.... Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life, /And thou no breath at all?" Tragic ordeal transformed to poetry: this is the model for any faithful life. As you begin this book,...
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Devil Theatre: Demonic Possession and Exorcism in English Renaissance Drama ...

Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen - 2007 - 220 sidor
...then she lives' (5 .3.260-2). Cordelia's death is represented as the absence of such bodily signs: 'Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, / And thou no breath at all?' (5.3.305-6). Lear's list of animals, as a shorthand for unaccomodated physicality, recalls Lear's earlier...
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"After Thirty Falls": New Essays on John Berryman

Philip Coleman, Philip McGowan - 2007 - 290 sidor
...Lear's appalling lament at the death of Cordelia in Shakespeare's most determinedly pre-Christian play: "Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, / And thou no breath at all?"19 However, "in the beginning" recalls the opening of St John's gospel and consequently the start...
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